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Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action Applaud Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for Elevating Issue of Gun Violence Prevention in 2020 Presidential Campaign

NEW YORK – Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown, released the following statements in response to former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s multi-issue gun violence prevention plan. His plan includes background checks on every gun sale, limits on high-capacity magazines and funding Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research on gun violence prevention.

“Governor Hickenlooper’s robust gun safety platform is further proof that preventing gun violence will be a key issue in the 2020 campaign,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Whether you look at public polls or the 2018 midterm election results, American voters have made one thing clear: They want leaders who will make ending the gun violence crisis a top priority.”

“Governor Hickenlooper is joining a host of 2020 candidates who have come out with strong gun safety platforms,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Americans want our nation’s gun violence crisis to come to an end, and we’ll vote for lawmakers willing to stand up for our safety.”

Although it is still early, the 2020 presidential cycle has been notable for the number of candidates proudly embracing gun safety as an issue to run and win on. To name just a few:

Former Vice President Joe Biden has repeatedly advocated for background checks on all gun sales.

Senator Cory Booker unveiled a gun violence prevention plan addressing both gun suicide and gun homicide.

Senator Kamala Harris announced her intention to take executive action if Congress fails to pass a background check bill in the first 100 days, as well as her plan to prohibit the importation of all AR-15-style assault weapons by executive action.

Beto O’Rourke unveiled a plan including background checks on every gun sale, prohibiting the sale of assault weapons, nationwide red flag laws and investing in funding research on gun violence.

Congressman Eric Swalwell has made gun safety a central issue in his campaign.
Senator Elizabeth Warren has decried the influence of the NRA.

Moms Demand Action volunteers are attending candidate forums to elevate the issue of gun safety around the country — and will continue to do so until the 2020 election.