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Everytown for Gun Safety and Minnesota Moms Demand Action Launch Ad Campaign Ramping Up Efforts to Elect Gun Sense Candidates in November

Today: TV and Digital Ads Released in Three Target Districts Highlight Candidates’ Positions on Background Checks for All Gun Sales; 82 Percent of Minnesota Voters Support Background Checks on All Gun Sales

Third Rail No More: Everytown, Moms Demand Action Elevated Gun Safety This Cycle, Working to Elect Gun Sense Candidates in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund today launched a cable television and digital ad campaign in three key state legislative districts, highlighting candidates’ positions on background checks for all gun sales. The ad campaign is part of a substantial investment Everytown for Gun Safety is making to elect lawmakers who support common-sense gun policies – including mobilizing thousands of volunteers with the Minnesota chapter of Moms Demand Action to knock on doors and make calls in support of candidates who support background checks for all gun sales.

“This issue matters to voters in Minnesota—in fact, 82 percent of Minnesota voters support background checks for all gun sales, and we want our elected officials to take action to keep guns out of dangerous hands,” said Marit Brock, volunteer chapter leader of the Minnesota chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Thousands of volunteers are knocking on doors and making phone calls throughout Minnesota, talking to voters and urging them to vote for candidates who support common-sense gun violence prevention policies that put Minnesota families first.”

Beginning today, cable television and digital ads will begin in House District 44a, House District 48a and Senate District 48 – districts currently represented by lawmakers who have refused to support requiring background checks for all gun sales, despite strong evidence that background checks make it harder for convicted felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people to get guns.

“As one of Sarah Anderson’s constituents, I was appalled she voted against this life-saving issue,” said Stephanie Karri, a Plymouth volunteer with the Minnesota chapter of Moms Demand Action. “The majority of Minnesotans support background checks on all gun sales and I want my elected leaders to do the same. We deserve representatives who will put the safety of our families and communities ahead of the gun lobby, and that’s why I’ve been knocking on doors and speaking out in my community about the importance of gun sense voting.”

This past Saturday, gun owners, gun violence survivors, moms and other gun safety advocates spent the day knocking on doors throughout Minnesota including in Representative Sarah Anderson’s district, House District 44a. This event was just one of many planned door knocking and phone banking events that volunteers with the Minnesota chapter of Moms Demand Action will be hosting between now and Election Day.