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NEW YORK – The Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and the New York chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown, today applauded Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer’s victory in last night’s special election to represent the 37th District in the state Senate. The Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund endorsed Mayer, who ran a strong campaign focused on gun safety.
Mayer’s victory follows Conor Lamb’s win in the Pennsylvania Congressional special election, where he did not shy away from supporting criminal background checks on all gun sales, and a gun safety sweep in Virginia last year for candidates who actively embraced gun violence prevention. As these victories make clear, momentum is on the side of the gun violence prevention movement as the 2018 midterms approach.
In support of Mayer, New York Moms Demand Action volunteers engaged in grassroots electoral efforts by tirelessly knocking on doors in their community to inform their friends and neighbors about the importance of electing Mayer, a supporter of common sense gun policies.
STATEMENT FROM NICOLE LESSER, VOLUNTEER CO-LEADER FOR NEW YORK CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“We are so excited to send gun sense champion Shelley Mayer to the state Senate. Her victory is not only a win for the people of Westchester but all New Yorkers. We look forward to working with her this session on a variety of gun safety issues especially the passage of Extreme Risk Protection Order legislation which can save lives.”
STATEMENT FROM JOHN FEINBLATT, PRESIDENT OF EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY:
“Shelley Mayer’s win in Westchester County is further proof that suburban voters want leaders who will fight hard for common-sense gun laws. We will continue standing with Shelly as she works to keep her new constituents safe from gun violence.”
With Mayer’s win, New York lawmakers have the opportunity to pass an important piece of gun violence prevention legislation. A lifesaving bill now before the Senate would create an Extreme Risk Protection Order, which would make it possible for families and law enforcement to petition courts for an order that would temporarily restrict a person’s access to firearms to prevent them from harming themselves or others. More information about this type of legislation is available here.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs