Giffords, one of the nation’s leading gun safety advocacy groups, has endorsed Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton), for re-election to a 21st term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The group’s co-founder, former Rep. Gabby Giffords, said that Smith has “ shown the courage and bipartisan commitment to stand up for gun safety and oppose the NRA’s agenda.”
In addition to Smith, Giffords also endorsed Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican representing a district based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
“When an overwhelming majority of Americans demanded universal background checks, they answered the call to protect our communities from the epidemic of gun violence,” Gifford said. “At a time when Washington seems more divided than ever, these champions proved it’s still possible to pass real, bipartisan reform to build a stronger, safer America. Giffords is proud to support these leaders in their fight for meaningful change.”
“Gabby Giffords, a victim of gun violence, knows first-hand the loss and ongoing suffering that can result when a gun falls into the wrong hands,” said Smith. “I appreciate the support of the Gifford Courage to Fight Gun Violence—its coalition of veterans, law enforcement officers, gun owners and others—which underscores my commitment to bipartisan, common sense efforts to protect all Americans from gun violence.”
Smith was an original co-sponsor of legislation to mandate background checks before gun sales are completed.
In 2018, Giffords endorsed two Republican incumbents from New Jersey: Smith and Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton Township). Lance was defeated by Democrat Tom Malinowski, who has already received the Giffords endorsement for his re-election bid in New Jersey’s 7th district.
Giffords has also endorsed U.S. Senator Cory Booker and Reps. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown) and Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).