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 FrelinghuysenBottom line Republican lobbying firms riding high despite uncertainty of 2020 race Ex-Rep. Frelinghuysen joins law and lobby firm MORE (N.J.), Jason LewisJason LewisRep. Angie Craig defends Minnesota House seat in race clouded by legal confusion Smith wins reelection in Minnesota Klobuchar 'feeling good' about Democrats taking control of Senate MORE (Minn.), Steve Knight (Calif.), Ed RoyceEdward (Ed) Randall RoyceBottom line Bottom line California was key factor in House GOP's 2020 success MORE (Calif.), Mimi Walters (Calif.), Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanColorado remap plan creates new competitive district Colorado governor says he was not exposed to COVID-19 after Aurora mayor tests positive Colorado mayor says he called protesters 'domestic terrorists' out of 'frustration' MORE (Colo.), Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinHochul raises .6 million since launching gubernatorial campaign Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 Rudy Giuliani becomes grandfather after son welcomes child MORE (N.Y.) and Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockSome in GOP begin testing party's lockstep loyalty to Trump The Memo: Never Trumpers sink into gloom as Gonzalez bows out Sunday shows preview: States deal with fallout of Ida; Texas abortion law takes effect 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.