FAIRFIELD, NJ -- Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund announced their endorsement of U.S. Navy veteran and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mikie Sherrill for New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District.

“We are proud to support these candidates, who have pledged to put public safety ahead of gun lobby priorities,” said John Feinblatt, President of Everytown for Gun Safety. “The fact that gun sense champions are running strong campaigns in red, blue and purple states is further proof that the political calculus on gun safety has dramatically shifted.”

“These leaders are proof that 2018 is different – across the country, campaigns are keeping gun safety front and center because their voters demand it,” said Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Moms Demand Action volunteers will be with them every step of the way to elect leaders who will finally end this crisis.”

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“I am grateful for the endorsement of Everytown for Gun Safety,” said Democratic candidate Mikie Sherrill. “I was trained to use guns in the Navy and later worked as a federal prosecutor to keep illegal guns off the streets of New Jersey. I know that guns are a tremendous responsibility and should not be easy to obtain. I deeply appreciate the work Everytown does to increase gun safety, and I’m proud to have their endorsement and to continue working with them to end gun violence.”

Everytown is a movement of 5 million mayors, moms, cops, teachers, survivors, gun owners, and everyday Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.

In Congress, Mikie Sherrill will work to pass common-sense gun safety legislation. She has earned the endorsement of Giffords and of the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence, and was named a Gun Sense Candidate by Moms Demand Action.