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By Phillip Stucky
A democratic pro-gun control group plans to spend up to $25 million in ads during the 2018 midterms against concealed carry legislation.
Everytown for Gun Safety was founded by former Republican mayor of New York City Mike Bloomberg. The group also announced several key hires ahead of the election, and plans to focus the majority of it’s attention in state legislature races, Politico reports. Michael Bloomberg, former Republican mayor of New York City, founded the group.
“This is a line in the sand on this issue, there’s no question about it,” Everytown president John Feinblatt told Politico. “The NRA wants to normalize carrying guns in public. It’s not where the American public is. We’re putting people on notice today that we’re watching … and that we expect to hold people accountable.”
The group poured $8 million into the 2016 New Hampshire Senate race in which Sen. Kelly Ayotte lost by a narrow margin.
Expanding on that victory, the group will target state races in order to influence state regulations that govern “concealed carry reciprocity.”
Bloomberg-backed groups spent around $25 million in 2016.