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Why Iowa?

Iowa voters have made it clear that support for gun safety legislation is at the top of the list when it comes to the 2020 election. A recent survey from Everytown found that:

  • Voters in Iowa support stronger gun laws by a 3:1 margin 
  • 75% of voters consider a candidate’s position on guns “very important” to their vote in 2020
  • A majority of voters, including 70% of Republican women, say they would never vote for a candidate who doesn’t support background checks on all gun sales, and opposing background checks on all gun sales was the most disqualifying candidate position among suburban women by a six-point margin
  • 75% of voters surveyed support enacting a red flag law, also known as an extreme risk law, including 93% of suburban women and 91% of undecided voters

For far too long, Republicans in the state legislature have chosen special interests like the gun lobby over the health, safety, and security of Iowa families. Despite voters’ strong support for common-sense gun laws, Iowa’s Republican leaders have refused to pass any gun safety measures. Instead, they actually weakened the laws, passing a bill that punishes lawmakers who try to take action to combat gun violence. Iowans deserve legislators who will protect their families and Republican legislators have left Iowans no choice but to replace them in November. That’s why why Everytown is working hard to elect gun sense majorities in the state legislature—starting with the state House in 2020.

In 2018, we saw a wave of gun sense candidates win across the country and Iowa was no exception. Abby Finkenhauer (IA-01) and Cindy Axne (IA-03) delivered on their promises and helped pass historic gun safety legislation in the U.S. House. Yet Mitch McConnell and his cronies, including Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, refuse to even consider hearing the bill. That is why it is more important than ever for Iowans to ensure Reps. Finkenhauer and Axne return to congress and send Theresa Greenfield to the Senate to replace Joni Ernst.

What is a Gun Sense Candidate?

The Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction lets voters know which candidates will stand up for gun safety if elected into office. Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action volunteers across the country have been distributing questionnaires to candidates to ensure that those with the Gun Sense Candidate distinction will advocate for safer communities. These candidates have proven that they will support stronger gun laws.

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The Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction lets voters know which candidates will stand up for gun safety if elected into office. Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action volunteers across the country have been distributing questionnaires to candidates to ensure that those with the Gun Sense Candidate distinction will advocate for safer communities. These candidates have proven that they will support stronger gun laws.

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