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A MAJOR GUN CONTROL GROUP WITH TIES TO FORMER NEW YORK CITY MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG SAID TUESDAY IT PLANS TO SPEND AT LEAST $1 MILLION TO TRY TO FLIP THE MINNESOTA SENATE TO DEMOCRATIC CONTROL AND KEEP THE MINNESOTA HOUSE IN THE HANDS OF LAWMAKERS WHO BACK ITS POSITIONS. THE EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY VICTORY FUND HAS TARGETED THE STATE SENATE BECAUSE REPUBLICANS HOLD JUST A THREE-VOTE MAJORITY THERE.THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION WILL HAVE TO APPEAR FOR A REGULATORY HEARING OVER ALLEGATIONS IT VIOLATED NEW YORK LAW BY MARKETING AN INSURANCE POLICY FOR SHOOTINGS THAT CRITICS HAVE DUBBED “MURDER INSURANCE.” A FEDERAL JUDGE IN ALBANY, NEW YORK, ON MONDAY DENIED A REQUEST BY THE GUN-RIGHTS GROUP TO BLOCK THE JULY 29 HEARING BEFORE THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES.IN KEEPING WITH ITS LONG TRADITION OF SUPPORTING SOUTHPAW SHOOTERS, SAVAGE ANNOUNCES THE DEBUT OF NEW LEFT-HANDED MODELS OF THEIR DYNAMIC PRECISION SERIES RIFLES. NEW MODEL 110 ELITE PRECISIONS AND 110 PRECISIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE THIS SUMMER, MAKING PRECISION LONG RANGE SHOOTING ACCESSIBLE TO ANY LEFT-HANDED MARKSMAN.New Jersey is not a gun friendly state. The laws are so strict here that it's almost not worth the effort to even try and get one. The application process to buy a gun usually takes longer than the 30 days that it's required by law and taking it out of your house is fraught with peril. Yet in light of the chaos around the country, people in this state feel their only recourse to keep themselves and their family safe in their own home is to buy a gun or two or three. Forget about getting a 'carry permit.' They are almost never given, even when a critical need is demonstrated. Many people in this state feel like sitting ducks against violent criminals.A VIRGINIA JUDGE GRANTED AN INJUNCTION TUESDAY BLOCKING THE STATE’S NEW LAW REQUIRING BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL GUN SALES FROM BEING APPLIED TO ADULTS UNDER THE AGE OF 21. LYNCHBURG CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE PATRICK YEATTS LARGELY UPHELD THE LAW, RULING THAT IT WAS “FACIALLY CONSTITUTIONAL” AND IT DOES NOT VIOLATE THE STATE’S CONSTITUTION. HOWEVER, YEATTS DID FIND THAT THE LAW WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AS APPLIED TO 18-20 YEARS OLDS WHO SEEK TO BUY A FIREARM AS FEDERAL LAW PROHIBITS FEDERALLY LICENSED FIREARM DEALERS FROM SELLING GUNS TO ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 21 OR RUN A BACKGROUND CHECK ON A PERSON MAKING A GUN PURCHASE.

TX – GUN POLITICS – How gun control advocates plan to make Texas a top political priority in 2020

KRGV.COM May 10, 2020 – Gun control advocates are gearing up to make Texas their top political battleground in November.

Everytown for Gun Safety announced in February that it would spend at least $8 million this election cycle in the state, mainly focusing on U.S. House and state House races. On Monday, the Michael Bloomberg-backed group announced the first round of that spending — a $250,000 digital ad campaign targeting Republicans in five key congressional races. And on Thursday, the group is naming three staffers to help with its Texas campaign, including two veteran Democratic operatives.

The moves set up Everytown to be one of the biggest players in down-ballot races this cycle in Texas, outside of the Democratic and Republican party committees.

Texas is “clearly emerging as a top battleground state — there’s just no question about it — and it’s why we’re investing $8 million in the state this cycle,” Everytown senior political adviser Charlie Kelly said. “Between the investment and our network of 400,000 grassroots supporters, our goal is to do whatever it takes to elect gun sense candidates up and down the ballot in the state.”

Everytown is further doubling down on its commitment to Texas with the trio of hires, which were first shared with The Texas Tribune. Jenna Royal, a former Moms Demand Action volunteer from North Texas, will be Everytown’s Texas political director, and James Aldrete and Adrian Saenz will serve as special advisers on Texas and Spanish-language media. Both Aldrete and Saenz have deep experience in Texas as well as national politics, particularly with Latino outreach.

Everytown is calling its $8 million effort here “Gun Sense Majority: Texas,” describing it as one of its largest state investments yet. It includes TV and digital ads, as well as direct mail and a field program drawn from its massive grassroots arms, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action. They will be pushing for policies that continue to register broad support in polling, starting with universal background checks.

Everytown is not the only national gun control group zeroing in on Texas this cycle. Brady PAC is set to spend over $500,000, a sum that its executive director said is growing from an initially “modest investment” in the fight for the state House majority. Democrats are nine seats down in that chamber.

“It just kind of snowballed as we lifted up the hood and saw all the opportunities that existed,” the executive director, Brian Lemek, said.

While it has not announced spending plans yet, Giffords, the group named after former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, also sees Texas as a place where it can make a difference this cycle. It is backing Democrat MJ Hegar in her run against Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, and last month it endorsed a slate of seven U.S. House candidates across the state.

Like many Democrats, the groups are encouraged by the state’s increasingly diverse electorate and the down-ballot gains that Democrats made in 2018. But they also see a state that has seen a disproportionate amount of mass shootings in recent years — and believe voters are more frustrated than ever with Republican leaders who have declined to crack down on guns each time.

Kelly likened Everytown’s focus on Texas to its efforts in 2019 in Virginia, where it spent $2.5 million to help Democrats capture both chambers of the state legislature. The breakthrough came months after Republicans in the General Assembly refused to act on gun control proposals after a shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal building that left 12 people dead.

Kelly said Everytown “made an example of” Virginia Republicans, “and we intend to do the same in Texas.” [full article]

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