A group pushing for gun control reforms is airing new TV ads calling on Florida’s two Republican U.S. Senators – Marco Rubio and Rick Scott – to support gun safety legislation when Congress returns to Washington next month.
The Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund is airing the ads in only two local media markets in Florida – Miami and Fort Myers/Naples – where the senators are home for the August recess.
Both ads follow the same script, deviating only to show a photo of the individual senator, calling on him to “stand up to the gun lobby and pass bipartisan background check and red flag laws to keep guns away from people who pose a danger to our communities.”
They also feature Republican U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The ads also are also being aired locally in Colorado and Kentucky, where they are directed at Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner and McConnell. All four ads will air on local broadcast stations, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CNN’s New Day and Fox News’ Fox & Friends..
“The choice facing the Senate could not be clearer: Carry water for the NRA, or stand up for the majority of Americans demanding action to address our gun violence crisis,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “We know background check and red flag laws save lives – the question is now whether our senators have the courage to buck the gun lobby and pass them.”
Rubio and Scott don’t need persuasion when it comes to so-called red flag laws, which allow family members to go before a court to request that they take away his or her guns if it’s found that they are a danger to others or themselves.
Rubio introduced a version in the U.S. Senate in 2018 and again earlier this year. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on red flag laws in March.
Scott pushed the Florida Legislature to include a red-flag law in the package of gun reform measures that passed in the immediate aftermath of the shooting massacre at Marjory Douglas Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
After the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton earlier this month, Scott penned an op-ed in the Washington Post repeating his support for such legislation on the federal level.
Everytown for Gun Safety is also pushing Republican support for legislation that would require expanded background checks on all U.S. gun sales. It was passed by the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives in February.
“I support the Second Amendment and I’m not going to do anything that’s going to attack law-abiding Americans ” Scott said in February.
Rubio doesn’t support the House bill, either. Instead, he supports calling on the Department of Justice to “fully implement” the Fix NICS Act, which President Trump signed into law in 2018. That legislation would improve and expand the information entered into the National Instant Background Check system for federal background checks, but doesn’t go as far as Democrats would like.
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