Tom Suozzi, New York’s Public Safety Win NY-03 Special Election

Washington—Today, Tom Suozzi defeated the gun lobby’s favored candidate Mazi Pilip in a special election in New York’s Third Congressional District to replace former Congressman George Santos. In response to Suozzi’s victory, Brady PAC executive director Ashley Lantz released the following statement: 

“Tom Suozzi’s victory tonight is a win for the vast majority of New Yorkers and Americans who want their families and their communities to be safe from gun violence,” said Lantz. “Yet again, when faced with the choice between common sense gun safety positions like support for universal background checks and banning assault weapons or the NRA’s radical ‘guns everywhere all the time’ position, voters chose safety and common sense. 

“Gun manufacturers, their lobbyists in Washington, and their bought-and-paid-for politicians know their positions are profoundly unpopular: that’s why candidates like Mazi Pilip refused to answer simple questions about whether or not she supported banning assault weapons. The good news is the gun industry is welcome to join the vast majority of Americans on the train for universal background checks and other common sense gun safety policies any time. In addition to it being the right thing to do, it’ll work out for them better at the ballot box.” 

Brady PAC, the political arm of Brady, was created in 2018 to counter the gun industry lobby’s dark money Super PACs. Brady PAC endorses gun violence prevention champions who support common-sense gun safety policies, including universal background checks, safe storage, and a ban on the manufacturing of new assault weapons.


Brady PAC is dedicated to a singular goal: creating a safer America by supporting and investing in candidates who are committed to enacting, improving, and defending Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) policies across the country. It upholds the policy ideals championed by its sister organization – one of the nation’s oldest GVP grassroots advocacy organizations.


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