Mayors Against Illegal Guns Announces New Ad Holding Senator Ayotte Accountable For 'No' Vote On Background Checks

89 Percent of Granite Staters Support Checks for All Gun Sales;

May 06, 2013, 14:32 ET from Mayors Against Illegal Guns

NEW YORK, May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mayors Against Illegal Guns today announced a new television ad holding Senator Kelly Ayotte accountable for voting against bipartisan legislation proposed by NRA A-rated Senators Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin that would have closed loopholes that make it easy for dangerous people to get guns.  Senator Ayotte voted with the Washington gun lobby and in doing so, disregarded the 89 percent of New Hampshire voters who support this commonsense and life-saving reform.

The new television ad entitled "Gone Washington" will begin airing in the Manchester and Boston media markets this week in rotation with a previous ad featuring testimonials from Granite Staters.  Both ads can be seen here:

Statements from Granite Staters

Bill Kingston, New Castle Promise

"Senator Ayotte offered an unsatisfactory explanation about how the rights of law abiding gun owners might be infringed upon. I am here to say enough with all of that Senator Ayotte. You can protect licensed dealers, and our children and yes, even your own political career, by standing up for what's right and fixing our gun laws. It's time to do the right thing."

Zandra Rice Hawkins, Granite State Progress

"Senator Ayotte sided with the NRA lobby over the 89 percent of her constituents who support background checks. It is clear from her under-publicized town halls and refusal to engage in real conversation that she thinks her constituents will just forget about her vote. We are here to tell her that's not true. New Hampshire is a pro-gun state, but it is also a pro-gun safety state. Senator Ayotte needs to stop pandering to the NRA lobbyists and instead stand up for her constituents, or else they will find someone who will."

Judy Stadtman, Co-founder of New Hampshire Project for Safer Communities

"Senator Ayotte chose to take sides with gun lobbyists who want to weaken federal and state guns laws so that virtually anyone can buy any kind of gun with no questions asked, and carry it in every public place in America. That's not in line with the views of responsible, mainstream gun owners, who overwhelmingly support expanded background checks, and it's not in line with mainstream New Hampshire values."

About Mayors Against Illegal Guns 

Since its creation in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 members to more than 900 mayors from across the country. We have more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters, making us the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country.  The bipartisan coalition, co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, has united the nation's mayors around these common goals: protecting communities by holding gun offenders accountable; demanding access to crime gun trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat gun trafficking; and working with legislators to fix weaknesses and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other dangerous people to get guns. Learn more at

Contact: Mayor Bloomberg's Press Office  (212) 788-2958 
Mayor Menino's Press Office   (617) 635-4461

Erika Soto Lamb: or 646-580-5281
Alex Katz: or 617-721-3779

SOURCE Mayors Against Illegal Guns