Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Endorses Kamala Harris for Senate

Date: June 24, 2016
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Guns

Today the nation's leading gun violence prevention organization announced it is throwing its support behind California Attorney General Kamala Harris' campaign for United States Senate. Harris will face off against fellow democrat Loretta Sanchez in the fall.

Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign, said, "In Kamala Harris, Californians have found the only Senate candidate they can trust to stand up to the corporate gun lobby and disarm the hate that kills thousands of Americans every year. We know she'll walk the walk, she's done it her entire career. As Attorney General, Harris worked alongside the Brady Campaign's 27 California chapters to spearhead a record-setting program to get and keep guns out of dangerous hands, no doubt saving lives. And while her opponent may feel the gun industry, whose products kill 90 Americans every day, deserves a free pass in the form of special legal protections -- Kamala Harris doesn't. For those in California who have had #ENOUGH of gun violence and want the better, safer state and nation they deserve, there simply is no one better suited for the job."
Harris has made gun violence prevention a cornerstone of her campaign. She's committed to fighting to expand Brady background checks and, unlike her opponent, supporting the Brady Campaign's legislation to repeal special legal protections for the gun industry.

"I'm honored to have the endorsement of the Brady Campaign," said Harris. "For too long, the NRA and their allies in Congress have blocked any attempt at reasonable gun safety laws, leaving our communities and families at risk. I'm proud of the work we've done in California to crack down on illegal guns, strengthen background checks and keep assault weapons out of dangerous hands. In the Senate, I'll continue fighting hard to pass comprehensive gun safety laws."
As California Attorney General, Harris has urged Congress to support CDC gun violence research and she sponsored legislation to make it more difficult for dangerous people to get their hands on weapons of war. Harris also worked alongside the Brady Campaign's California chapters to create and fully fund the first robust enforcement program to get and keep guns out of the hands of felons, domestic abusers and people with severe mental illness. Through this program, her office has seized more illegally owned weapons than any Attorney General in California history.