Today, Moms Demand Action is announcing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham has earned its Gun Sense Candidate distinction, making Graham the first and only candidate in the race for governor to earn the group’s recognition.
“Moms never forget. Moms never give up. Every mother’s top priority is defending the safety and well-being of their children and families,” Graham said. “As governor, I will never forget. I will never give up. I will protect children across the state by passing common sense gun safety once and for all.”
“After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, we saw an enormous wave of activism. The largest, strongest, and loudest group of all was the mothers coming together across America. They have been fighting for safer communities every day since then and made their voices heard after Pulse, after Parkland and after acts of daily violence in communities throughout our state,” Graham said. “I am proud to stand by their side and it is an honor to be named a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate today.”
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of citizens fighting for new and stronger solutions to strengthen gun laws and close loopholes. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than four million supporters.
“I beat the NRA once and with the help of Moms Demand Action and mothers across the state of Florida, we will do it again,” Graham said. “As governor, I will pass universal background checks, ban assault weapons and give our law enforcement the tools they need to keep us safe.”
Graham defeated the NRA and gun lobby when they spent almost $300,000 against her in 2014. In Congress, she voted to regulate armor-piercing ammunition, joined Congressman John Lewis in the congressional sit-in, and sponsored legislation to prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing weapons and to limit large capacity magazines.
Immediately following the Parkland shooting, Graham called on Governor Rick Scott to suspend the sale of assault weapons and for the legislature to pass bold gun safety legislation. She called on Republican candidate Adam Putnamto return his NRA money. And she called on Scott, the Florida Legislature, and the State Board of Administration, which includes Attorney General Pam Bondi and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis, to divest all Florida’s state interests from gun and ammunition manufacturers.
Graham has also vowed to implement universal background checks, ban military-style assault weapons and use the governor’s general counsel to assist governments fighting the NRA’s firearm preemption law.
Graham’s gun safety proposals include the following action items:
- Passing universal background checks
- Banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
- Supporting local governments in their fight for local gun safety laws
- Preventing domestic abusers from obtaining and having guns
- Equipping law enforcement and families with the tools they need to remove guns where there’s evidence of risk