FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
First Endorsements: G-PAC and Giffords PAC Announce Initial Slate of Gun Safety Candidates in 2022 General Election
Chicago — The Gun Violence Prevention PAC and Giffords PAC are announcing their first set of endorsements of gun safety candidates who are running in the upcoming Illinois general election on November 8, 2022.
After vetting each candidate’s voting record, policy platforms and responses to a rigorous questionnaire, the leading gun violence prevention organizations are putting their full support behind 15 candidates running for the Illinois Senate and Illinois House of Representatives.
To earn a gun safety endorsement, each candidate demonstrated strong support of the following policies:
- Banning assault weapons
- Banning large-capacity magazines (LCMs)
- Making ghost guns illegal, which G-PAC and Giffords helped pass into law earlier this year
- Funding community violence intervention programs
- Funding a gun storage public awareness campaign
“Gun violence has become a way of life for Illinois residents and that is unacceptable. In the upcoming election, voters are looking for candidates who will stand up to the gun lobby and advance legislation to keep illegal guns and weapons of war out of our communities.” said Kathleen Sances, President and CEO of the Gun Violence Prevention PAC (G-PAC). “Gun violence is on the ballot in November and we will work tirelessly to ensure this slate is elected.”
“State legislators have the power and opportunity to make their communities safer from gun violence as they are at the forefront of enacting gun laws that can and do save lives. That’s why we’re proud to be endorsing these gun safety champions today,” said former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. “These candidates understand the devastating impact gun violence takes on neighborhoods across Illinois. They stand ready to enact much needed legislation in the effort to end our nation’s gun violence crisis. Today, I am proud to stand behind these candidates who are ready to make Illinois safer for all.”
Illinois just ended a deadly summer with 29 mass shootings, more than 600 expressway shootings, and more than 1,200 people shot in the City of Chicago alone. Endorsed candidates have demonstrated urgency of this public health crisis and their unwavering willingness to do something about it.
Each endorsed candidate supports our #1 legislative priority when the General Assembly is called into session: banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. These weapons of war have been shown to contribute to both city violence and mass shootings.
The first endorsed gun safety candidates in the 2022 election include:
- Sen. Laura Ellman (SD 21)
- Sen. Suzy Glowiak Hilton (SD 23)
- Maria Peterson (SD 26)
- Sen. Ann Gillespie (SD 27)
- Sen. Laura Murphy (SD 28)
Illinois House of Representatives:
- Rep. Janet Yang Rohr (HD 41)
- Rep. Terra Costa Howard (HD 42)
- Diane Blair-Sherlock (HD 46)
- Rep. Maura Hirschauer (HD 49)
- Rep. Mark Walker (HD 53)
- Mary Beth Canty (HD 54)
- Rep. Joyce Mason (HD 61)
- Laura Faver Dias (HD 62)
- Rep. Anne Stava-Murray (HD 81)
Additional announcements are forthcoming on local, state legislative and statewide endorsements.
About Gun Violence Prevention PAC (G-PAC)
The Gun Violence Prevention Political Action Committee (G-PAC) is the state’s leading gun violence advocacy organization. It was founded in 2013 to counter the political influence of the gun industry and their lobby in Springfield.
About Giffords PAC
Giffords is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives from gun violence. Founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Giffords PAC inspires the courage of people from all walks of life to make America safer.
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