Gun reform groups to pressure GOP senators with rallies in all 50 states

Gun reform groups to pressure GOP senators with rallies in all 50 states
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Gun control groups seeking to put pressure on vulnerable GOP senators will hold rallies across the country and launch a national ad campaign to urge lawmakers to support universal background checks and a "red flag" law.

Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellPelosi focused on narrow impeachment probe on Ukraine: report Pelosi announces launch of formal impeachment inquiry into Trump More Democrats threaten impeachment over Trump's dealings with Ukraine MORE (D-Mich.) announced on Tuesday that a number of gun control organizations would be holding rallies in all 50 states to push Senate Republicans to move on passing the legislation. 

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"This Sunday in every state across the country, Moms Demand Action, the Brady Group, other gun [control groups] will hold a rally in every single state so those that care, those that want people to hear that they give a damn, excuse my language, get out there, show them, tell their senators it's time to act," Dingell told reporters at the Capitol on Tuesday. "Let's show that grass-roots movement from one coast to the other coast and in the heart of the Midwest."

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, its parent organization Everytown For Gun Safety, and the Brady Campaign are behind the rallies. 

“We’re unleashing the full power of our grassroots movement and leading our most aggressive August spending effort ever, to ensure the Senate gets the message and passes background checks and a strong federal ‘Red Flag’ law," John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown for Gun Safety, said in a statement. 

Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action also plan to launch close to $1 million in television and digital advertisements aimed at vulnerable Republican senators up for reelection in 2020. 

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund will spend $550,000 on digital ads to put pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump urges GOP to fight for him Senate Dems signal they'll support domestic spending package Trump's top picks for Homeland Security chief are ineligible for job: reports MORE (R-Ky.), along with Republican senators in Florida, North Carolina, Utah, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Texas and Colorado. 

The group will also spend $385,000 on national cable and local broadcast spots in Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Kentucky. 

Sens. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerBennet reintroduces bill to ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists GOP warns Graham letter to Pelosi on impeachment could 'backfire' The Hill's Morning Report - Dem debate contenders take aim at Warren MORE (R-Colo.) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisTillis says impeachment is 'a waste of resources' GOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe The Hill's Campaign Report: Warren, Sanders overtake Biden in third-quarter fundraising MORE (R-N.C.) are facing particularly tough reelection battles. 

Everytown and Moms Demand Action are also pressuring vulnerable senators at a local level, setting up meetings with district staff, as well as holding town halls in states with contested Senate races. 

Lawmakers are grappling on how to move forward on combatting gun violence after 31 people were killed in two back-to-back shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. 

McConnell has said he would like to have a "discussion" on gun reform when Congress returns from recess in September, despite facing calls from Democrats to reconvene the upper chamber to pass background check legislation. 

The majority leader has not vowed to bring gun control legislation to the floor after recess but said he wants to have "a discussion" on gun reform, with background checks "front and center" in the debate.

McConnell's comments have in turn left Democrats concerned that gun control reform will not be passed in a timely manner.  

Mike Lillis contributed to this report