GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Too Extreme to Support Sensible, Bipartisan Gun Reform

For Immediate Release
June 23rd, 2022
Contact: Josselyn Berry |
GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Too Extreme to Support Sensible, Bipartisan Gun Reform

PHOENIX–In the wake of endless tragedies and deaths from gun violence, the GOP candidates for Arizona Governor have moved so far right that they refuse to support even modest, bipartisan gun reform. The Senate is poised to pass a bipartisan bill later this week that could become the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in years, including billions in new mental health funding. All three GOP candidates have come out against it, with Kari Lake daring the feds to arrest her if she refuses to recognize the law as governor, Matt Salmon calling it a “violation,” and Karrin Taylor Robson shooting off a hollow tweet about not infringing upon the Second Amendment. 

“This country is poised to pass effective and bipartisan gun control reform that a majority of Americans have been demanding for years,” said Josselyn Berry, spokesperson for the Arizona Democratic Party, “but the Republicans running for governor have moved so far right they now gleefully oppose even an ounce of sensible change that will save the lives of countless men, women and children. To take this extreme position in the wake of 19 dead children shows these candidates have no interest in doing what’s best for a majority of Arizonans.” 

More on the Candidates Extreme positions on Gun Reform:

  • Kari Lake has said if she is elected governor she will veto any bills that seek to infringe on Second Amendment rights — and use the bills for target practice.
  • On Twitter Kari Lake said that, “As Governor, I will work to END taxes on Guns & Ammo.” 
  • Kari Lake has said she opposes red flag laws, magazine capacity bans and gun-free zones. 
  • After Tucson voted to ignore Arizona’s new “Second Amendment sanctuary” law that bars state and local governments from enforcing federal gun regulations, Karrin Taylor Robson demanded Attorney General Mark Brnovich sue and take away funding for Tucson. 
  • Karrin Taylor Robson began running a pro-gun ad only a day after the mass shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead.
  • Matt Salmon penned an op-ed where he said he wants to expand campus carry and opposes “unconstitutional ‘red flag’ laws.”

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