Giffords targets 8 Republicans on conceal and carry in new ads

Giffords targets 8 Republicans on conceal and carry in new ads
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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s (D-Ariz.) gun safety group is running advertisements to pressure Republican lawmakers ahead of a vote on a new concealed carry bill.

"The ads call on voters to speak up about this dangerous bill and call on their leaders [to] put the safety of communities before the interests of the gun industry,” Peter Ambler, executive director of Giffords’s political group, told Politico.

The ads come as the House is expected to vote this week on the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow licensed gun owners to carry their firearms in other states that have their own concealed carry laws. 

The vote on the bill comes after mass shootings in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and Las Vegas. 

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The targeted Republican lawmakers include Reps. Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney Procter FrelinghuysenOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Dems see midterm advantage in new ObamaCare fight Lawmakers ask for increase in suicide prevention funding Overnight Defense: Trump defends summit results | GOP chairman tries to clarify canceled war games | House panel advances 4.6B defense bill | Saudis begin Yemen offensive MORE (N.J.), Jason LewisJason Mark LewisWill guns be an issue in midterms? You can bet on it in these districts Koch-backed group to target some Republicans over spending vote in new ad campaign Vulnerable GOP lawmakers have toned down tax rhetoric since January: Reuters MORE (Minn.), Steve Knight (Calif.), Ed RoyceEdward (Ed) Randall RoyceWith bicoastal strategy for midterms, Dems lack that really big wave GOP super PAC targets House districts with new M ad buys California: Ground zero for the 2018 midterms MORE (Calif.), Mimi Walters (Calif.), Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanDem House candidate gets pepper sprayed in the face in campaign ad Will guns be an issue in midterms? You can bet on it in these districts GOP braces for intraparty fight on immigration MORE (Colo.), Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinCNN contrasts Fox personalities' praise for Trump-Kim summit with past criticism of Obama Chris Hayes asks GOP lawmaker about criticism of Obama and praise for Trump Grimm condemns Donovan after Trump endorsement: Endorsements can't change facts MORE (N.Y.) and Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockRNC mum on whether it will support Trump-backed Corey Stewart The Hill's Morning Report — Ryan dodges disaster on immigration Trump loyalty tests, surging number of women winners defines Tuesday's election results MORE (R-Va.), Politico reported.

Each of those representatives is considered vulnerable in the 2018 midterms and Democrats are expected to heavily target those seats in their effort to take back the House.

Giffords was shot in the head on Jan. 8, 2011, by a gunman who killed six people and wounded 18 others in an attack at a "meet and greet" for the congresswoman in a supermarket parking lot.

She has since become an advocate for anti-gun violence causes. She started an anti-gun nonprofit, Americans for Responsible Solutions, in 2013.