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Former Rep. Gabby Giffords, center) and Mark Kelly at an campaign stop in Woodland Park for Mikie Sherrill during the 2018 mid-term elections. New Jersey Globe Photo.

Giffords endorses Sherrill for another term in Congress

By David Wildstein, February 13 2020 4:41 pm

Giffords, one of the nation’s top gun control advocacy organizations, has endorsed Mikie Sherrill for re-election to a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill understands the true meaning of service,” said Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona), a co-founder of Giffords. “She signed up for dangerous jobs and tours of duty because she wanted to keep our country safe. She realized she could put her experience to good use in the halls of Congress, where the concerns of too many Americans were being ignored.”

Giffords praised Sherrill’s record during her first thirteen months in Congress.

“Once elected, Congresswoman Sherrill fearlessly pushed forward, making the fight for gun violence prevention a signature issue for the Congressional majority. Because of her efforts, Congress passed historic legislation, H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. She knows the fight isn’t done,” Giffords said.  “We’ve got her back so we can continue to have a gun safety majority in Congress.”

Giffords and her husband, West Orange native Mark Kelly, campaign for Sherrill in her 2018 campaign to flip New Jersey’s 11th district seat.

Kelly, a former astronaut, is now seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Arizona.

Sherrill touts her record on gun safety, noting that she co-sponsored a bi-partisan bill to establish universal background checks, and joined efforts to bac closing certain loopholes.

“I’ve made it my mission in Congress to fight for common sense gun safety measures that the majority of Americans agree on,” Sherrill said. “New Jersey has some of the strongest gun safety laws in the country, but as we saw yet again after the Jersey City shooting, our laws are constantly undermined by states with weak gun safety laws. It’s time for Mitch McConnell and the Senate to start passing gun safety legislation, such as universal background checks for firearm purchases passed by the House a year ago. I’m honored to stand with Giffords as we fight to keep our citizens and our kids safe.”

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