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. 


The targeted Republican lawmakers include Reps. Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney Procter FrelinghuysenDeVos battles lawmakers in contentious hearing Week ahead in defense: Spending bill, Yemen vote top agenda Top appropriations Dem: Omnibus talks 'locked down' MORE (N.J.), Jason LewisJason Mark LewisGOP lawmakers describe terrifying scene at train crash No criminal activity suspected in train accident One killed after train carrying GOP lawmakers hits truck in Virginia MORE (Minn.), Steve Knight (Calif.), Ed RoyceEdward (Ed) Randall RoyceTrump rolls the dice on North Korea Tom Steyer announces M effort to bring out young voters in Florida, California Why did this administration back the Palestine Liberation Organization in terrorism case? MORE (Calif.), Mimi Walters (Calif.), Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanKey Republicans back VA secretary as talk of firing escalates Only 2 vulnerable House Republicans want Trump's help with campaign: report Ethics issues pile up for Trump Cabinet officials MORE (Colo.), Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinRussia leak raises questions about staff undermining Trump Trump resists funding for project on his home turf NY and NJ lawmakers press Ryan on Gateway project funding MORE (N.Y.) and Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockHouse GOP frets over Pennsylvania race Giffords's group eyes Ryan, other high-profile Republicans ahead of midterms It's time to stop scapegoating immigrant youth 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.