Val Demings gets backing of Giffords on guns issue

Val Demings gets backing of Giffords on guns issue

U.S. Rep. Val Demings walks with former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords around the Gun Violence Memorial Installation by Giffords at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami on Monday, December 13, 2021. The memorial features 3,000 vases for every Floridian who died from gun violence last year. During the event, Giffords PAC endorsed Val Demings for U.S. Senate. MIAMI — In one of her first Miami appearances since launching a run for the Senate, U.S. Rep. Val Demings, of Orlando, received the endorsement of Giffords PAC, the political branch of the anti-gun violence nonprofit founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona. During a news conference at Bayfront Park on Monday morning, Demings touted her record, including voting in favor of two pieces of legislation passed this year that would enhance background checks for gun buyers, and her experience as Orlando’s former top cop as evidence that she’d push for gun legislation as a senator. The Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2021 that passed the U.S. House of Representatives has not proceeded to the Senate, and significant talks on gun reform have since broken down between Republicans and Democrats. Demings — who was joined by former Reps. Giffords and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, and Stacey Wesch, the mother of a Parkland school shooting survivor — also went directly after her GOP rival, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, for receiving political contributions from the National Rifle Association. U.S. Rep. Val Demings speaks at the unveiling ceremony of the Gun Violence Memorial Installation at Bayfront Park […]

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