Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has become the second Democratic candidate for governor to announce that he has received the “gun sense candidate” distinction from the national gun law reform group Moms Demand Action.

“I’m deeply honored to receive the Moms Demand Action Candidate Distinction. I’ve beaten the gun lobby twice in Tallahassee, and when I’m Governor we’re finally going to pass the common sense gun safety laws that will keep our families and communities safe,” Gillum stated in a news release.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in 2012, is part of the larger network of gun-violence prevention organizations in the Everytown for Gun Safety network.

The group now has given its seal of approval to Gillum and his Democratic primary opponent Gwen Graham. Also in the Democratic primary field are former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and Winter Park businessman Chris King. All four been strongly outspoken in their calls for banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and for universal background checks, among other gun law reform pledges.

The quartet of Democrats’ gun reform positions are in sharp contrast with the pro-2nd Amendment positions held by the leading Republicans in the race, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis.

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