Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords recognizes McKee’s leadership as “critical” to ending gun violence
PROVIDENCE – On Friday, October 28th, Giffords PAC — the gun safety organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords — announced its endorsement of Governor Dan McKee.
“As Governor, there is nothing more important to me than keeping Rhode Islanders safe in their homes, at school, and everywhere in between,” said Governor Dan McKee. “Since I took office, I have been proud to sign life-saving gun legislation, especially in the wake of recent gun violence tragedies in Buffalo, NY, and Uvalde, TX. That legislation bans large-capacity magazines, raises the legal age to purchase firearms to 21, and prohibits the open carry of a loaded rifle or shotgun in public. These safety measures will undoubtedly help save lives. But we know there is more work to do.”
“Governor McKee has long been a staunch advocate in the fight to end gun violence in Rhode Island and has delivered real results that will ensure the safety of communities across his state. After the tragic shooting of nineteen students and two teachers in Uvalde, TX, Governor McKee responded by supporting and swiftly signing a critical package of bills to keep dangerous weapons off the streets and out of the hands of those who would seek to do harm. Rhode Island has one of the nation’s lowest gun death rates, and Governor McKee’s leadership will be critical to maintaining this status in the years to come. We are proud to stand beside him in his bid for reelection,” said former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
“Rhode Island needs leadership that will continue fighting to end gun violence and pass smart gun safety laws to keep Rhode Islanders safe. I thank Giffords PAC for this endorsement and look forward to our continued collaboration,” Governor McKee added.
Governor McKee is proud to be endorsed by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, as announced during a press conference earlier this month. He is also endorsed by the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, and is a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate.
WPRI: McKee signs 3 gun bills into law (6/21/22)
Gov. Dan McKee signed three high-profile gun control measures into law Tuesday afternoon in an effort to protect all Rhode Islanders from a national crisis that has “taken too many lives and torn apart too many families.”
The bills ban high-capacity magazines that contain more than 10 rounds of ammunition, make it illegal to openly carry a loaded rifle or shotgun in public, and raise the age to buy a gun or ammunition from 18 to 21.
“Here in Rhode Island, we’re taking meaningful action to address the scourge of gun violence and keep our residents safe,” McKee said. “These measures can help saves lives.”
Providence Journal: Gov. Dan McKee wins endorsements from gun-control advocates, touts recent legislation (10/11/22)
Gov. Dan McKee took his campaign to South Providence’s Nonviolence Institute on Tuesday in a bid to bring attention to issues of gun violence and gun control.
As governor, McKee has signed three gun control bills into law and said he will seek to outlaw assault rifles next year.
Seeing an opening less than a month from the election, McKee has asked voters to think about issues of gun control and gun violence when they compare him with his Republican opponent, Ashley Kalus.