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Holding Our Representatives Accountable

The Brady Campaign, other organizations and candidates used the issue of sensible gun laws to beat their gun lobby opponents. In fact, for the second election in a row, there is no evidence that any candidate, at any level, lost their election because of their support for sensible gun laws.

Below is a sampling of where and how the gun control issue was used to defeat gun lobby-endorsed candidates throughout the country, from Congressional races to state legislative races.

Delaware

Throughout his distinguished career, Congressman Mike Castle (R-AL) has been a strong advocate for common sense gun laws that help keep children and families safe. From passage of the Brady Law, to restricting access to assault weapons, to requiring child safety locks be sold with every handgun, Castle has been a proven fighter for sensible gun laws. The Brady Campaign-endorsed incumbent easily won reelection. Americans United for Safe Streets paid for the mailers.

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Florida

Brady Campaign endorsed challenger Suzanne Kosmas upset Congressman Tom Feeney (R-24). Feeney voted to allow lawbreaking gun dealers to continue selling for 60 days even after they lose their licenses. He also supported legislation that restricts police access to vital information about gun crimes - information that would help local law enforcement crack down on the illegal gun traffickers who arm violent criminals. Americans United for Safe Streets paid for the mailers.

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Illinois

Brady-endorsed Jehan Gordon won an open seat against NRA-endorsed Joan Krupa for State Representative in District 92. The Brady Campaign placed nearly 4,000 calls from Brady President Paul Helmke to swing voters in the district blasting Krupa's endorsement from the gun lobby and urging voters to elect Jehan Gordon.

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Keith Farnham unseated Ruth Munson for State Representative in District 43. Although the Brady campaign did not endorse in the race, the Farnham campaign successfully used the gun issue to defeat her. Although she had a mixed record on the gun control issue, the mailer pointed out that Munson voted against allowing cities to enact their own gun laws.

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State Senator Linda Holmes (D-42) used to be a supporter of gun violence prevention laws in Illinois. Now she earns an "A" grade from the NRA and their endorsement. The Brady Campaign placed an ad in the Aurora Beacon News to slam her on her pandering to the gun lobby. The Brady Campaign will work to hold her accountable next year's legislative session.

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Michigan

Congressman Joe Knollenberg (R-9) lost to Brady Campaign endorsed challenger Gary Peters. Knollenberg voted for the gun lobby's bill (H.R. 5092) to protect corrupt gun dealers. He also voted with the gun lobby to restrict access to crime gun data that would help local law enforcement crackdown on corrupt gun dealers who arm criminals with weapons. Americans United for Safe Streets paid for the mailers.

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New Jersey

Congressman Chris Smith (R-04) has been a leader on sensible gun violence prevention legislation in the U.S. House for more than 25 years. He has supported efforts to keep assault weapons off our streets and helped pass the Brady Bill. Smith sought and received the endorsement of the Brady Campaign, and easily won reelection. Americans United for Safe Streets paid for the mailers.

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New York

Brady-endorsed Joe Addabbo upset NRA-endorsed Senator Serf Maltese - a 20-year incumbent - to wrest control of the State Senate away from the Republican Party for the first time in more than 40 years. The Brady Campaign teamed up with GunFreeKids.org on a 5,000 piece mailing focusing on the dismal record Maltese accumulated on sensible gun legislation through the years. Senator-elect Addabbo has been a steadfast proponent of sensible bills while on the New York City Council and has called for the passage of Microstamping at the state level.

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Ohio

NRA A+ rated Congressman Steve Chabot (R-01) lost his bid for reelection to Steve Driehaus. Chabot voted to allow lawbreaking gun dealers to continue selling for 60 days even after they lose their licenses. He also supported legislation that restricts police access to vital information about gun crimes - information that would help local law enforcement crack down on the illegal gun traffickers who arm violent criminals. Americans United for Safe Streets paid for the mailers.

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