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Contact:         Rick Joslyn

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Lavielle Receives “Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate” Distinction


WILTON, October 29, 2018 — State Representative Gail Lavielle (R-143) today announced she has received the “Gun Sense Candidate of Distinction” designation from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country.

“We are happy to inform you that your campaign has been given the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction,” wrote Norma Rahall of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in a letter to Rep. Lavielle.  “Thank you again for standing up for gun violence prevention and recognizing gun safety.”

Respecting the policy of the organization, the Lavielle campaign has been careful not to call this distinction an endorsement, because Moms Demand Action, unlike its founding organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, does not offer formal endorsements of candidates.  Instead, they recognize candidates who have pledged to support gun safety measures.

According to the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America website, where voters can find a "gun sense" candidate in their district, “The Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction is separate from any formal Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund endorsement, and intended to demonstrate political will for gun violence prevention. Multiple candidates in a race can receive the distinction and, just like common-sense gun safety, the distinction is non-partisan."

“People in the 143rd district have made clear their desire to see bipartisan action on gun safety and school security, and I am proud of the work we have accomplished in the legislature to address this. I am grateful to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense for according me the distinction of ‘Gun Sense Candidate’, and look forward to continuing to work hard in support of sensible gun safety measures,” said Rep. Lavielle.

During the 2018 legislative session, Rep. Lavielle voted to ban the sale of possession of bump stocks in Connecticut and advocated for the banning of so-called “ghost guns” and other untraceable firearms.  Addressing ghost guns and 3D-printed guns gun is on her list of gun safety priorities.

State Rep. Gail Lavielle serves as Assistant House Minority Leader. She is Ranking Member of the General Assembly’s Education Committee and a member of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee and the Transportation Committee. Before her election to the legislature, she worked for more than 25 years in finance, marketing, and communication, holding executive leadership positions with Fortune 500 corporations. She also served on the Wilton Board of Finance and the Wilton Energy Commission. She holds an MA in French from Yale, a BA in English from Cornell, and an MBA in finance from UConn, and is the author of a book on opera. She and her husband Jean-Pierre live in Wilton.

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