West Caldwell, New Jersey — Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) announced today that her strong record as a gun safety advocate in Congress earned her an endorsement from Giffords, the gun violence prevention organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Rep. Sherrill Endorsed by Giffords for Commitment to Gun Safety
“I’ve made it my mission in Congress to fight for common sense gun safety measures that the majority of Americans agree on,” said Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill. “New Jersey has some of the strongest gun safety laws in the country, but as we saw yet again after the Jersey City shooting, our laws are constantly undermined by states with weak gun safety laws. It’s time for Mitch McConnell and the Senate to start passing gun safety legislation, such as universal background checks for firearm purchases passed by the House a year ago. I’m honored to stand with Giffords as we fight to keep our citizens and our kids safe.”
“Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill understands the true meaning of service,” said former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, co-founder of Giffords. She signed up for dangerous jobs and tours of duty because she wanted to keep our country safe. She realized she could put her experience to good use in the halls of Congress, where the concerns of too many Americans were being ignored.
“Once elected, Congresswoman Sherrill fearlessly pushed forward, making the fight for gun violence prevention a signature issue for the Congressional majority. Because of her efforts, Congress passed historic legislation, H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. She knows the fight isn’t done. We’ve got her back so we can continue to have a gun safety majority in Congress.”
Representative Sherrill has been a leader in Congress on gun safety. The first piece of legislation she co-sponsored as a Congresswoman was H.R. 8, a bipartisan bill for universal background checks. She has joined to support additional efforts to improve gun safety, including legislation to close the Charleston loophole, close the boyfriend loophole, and limit magazine capacity. She supported the funding last year that provided the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health with $50 million to study the gun violence epidemic — the first such federal investment in gun violence research in more than 20 years. Representative Sherrill is a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.
Prior to serving in Congress, Representative Sherrill had extensive experience with firearms and the fight to end the gun violence epidemic. In the United States Navy, she qualified as an expert shot in the M-16, Colt .45, and 9mm Beretta, and at the U.S. Attorney’s office she worked to keep guns off the streets of New Jersey.
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