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May 31, 2018 | Press Release


Rochester, NY – Today, Joe Morelle announced that his candidacy for New York’s 25th Congressional District has been given the distinction of “Gun Sense Candidate” by the organization Moms Demand Action.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and 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, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Everytown Survivor Network, is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than four million supporters


“Gun violence is a scourge plaguing our neighborhoods and devastating countless families and individuals in communities across our nation. Never in my lifetime has the need for common-sense gun reform been greater,” said Morelle. “I am grateful to Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety for their work to call attention to this critical issue, and I am proud to stand alongside them in the fight to keep our streets safe from the terror of gun violence.”


“I have been proud to help New York pass some of the toughest gun laws in the country, including measures that ban the sale of assault rifles and bumpstock devices, expand and strengthen background checks, increase penalties for the possession of a firearm on school grounds, and prohibit domestic abusers and dangerous individuals from possessing a gun. However, our leaders in Washington have failed to take action on these issues and thereby have failed the American people. It is simply unacceptable,” Morelle continued. “In Congress, I will take on the NRA and the corporate gun interests who are pulling the strings of Donald Trump and leaders in Washington. I will fight to deliver the same common-sense gun control measures as we have enacted here in New York. For the sake of our children, we must take action now.”


Morelle, who currently serves as a state Assemblymember representing the towns of Brighton, Irondequoit and parts of the city of Rochester, has been committed to fighting for sensible gun reform since his first campaign for State Assembly in 1990. He has proudly helped to pass the New York Safe Act (A2388) which enacted some of the strongest gun laws in the nation, including measures banning the sale of assault rifles, making mandatory universal background checks on the private and retail sale of guns and strengthened penalties for the possession of a gun on school grounds. Morelle has also successfully passed legislation extending background check waiting periods (A2406); co-sponsored the Domestic Violence Escalation Prevention Act which would prevent domestic violence abusers from having access to weapons (A10272); and co-sponsored legislation banning the sale and possession of bump stocks (A9958).


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