Richmond, Va. - Today, Delegate Delores McQuinn, former U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy, Richmond School Board Member Scott Barlow, and Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Virginia State Director Lori Haas demanded that Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel, and John Adams disclose whether they told the NRA that they support guns in schools and on college campuses. At a press conference outside the statehouse, speakers called on the Republican ticket to release answers from their NRA questionnaire and reveal whether they support the most radical planks of the NRA agenda.
“It’s time for Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel, and John Adams to come clean about what promises they made to win the gun lobby’s money,” said Lori Haas, Virginia State Director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. “Virginians have a right to know whether their leaders are bought and paid for by the gun lobby — and whether they will allow guns to be brought into our K-12 schools and college campuses.”
“I support Ralph Northam, because I believe Ralph gets it, he understands that the safety of Virginians should take priority over gun lobbyists,” said Delegate Delores McQuinn. “We need and must insist on electing lawmakers who are willing to stand firm on keeping our children, communities and Virginians safe.”
The NRA backs extreme policies that would make our communities and children less safe. To receive their endorsement, the NRA requires candidates to fill out a questionnaire asking whether they support guns in K-12 schools and on college campuses and oppose universal background checks:
Virginians deserve to know whether the GOP ticket is working for Virginians or the NRA. When the safety of students and teachers is at stake, candidates for the highest offices in the commonwealth cannot remain silent. Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel, and John Adams owe it tao Virginians to make clear whether they will allow guns in Virginia’s K-12 schools and on college campuses.