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HCI Endorses Rivers

Friday, May 17, 2002

In March, the gun-ban lobby formerly known as HCI announced its endorsement of U.S. Representative Lynn Rivers (D) in the August 6 Democratic primary for Michigan’s newly drawn 15th Congressional District. Rivers is currently serving her fourth term as the U.S. Representative in Michigan’s 13th District but, due to redistricting, she must now run in the new 15th District against U.S. Representative John Dingell (D), the current Representative of Michigan’s 16th District who must also run in the newly-formed 15th District. (Due to the redistricting process, Michigan lost its 16th District.) The winner of this primary is expected to easily win election in November, as the district has been drawn to heavily favor Democratic Party candidates.

Electing Rivers is touted as one of the gun-ban lobby’s "top priorities," and goes on to hail her as "a committed advocate for stronger gun laws." Rivers’ endorsement—issued through the Brady Voter Education Fund—also praises the lawmaker for supporting legislation that would shut down traditional American gun shows, and for voting against a bill in 1996 that would have repealed the 1994 ban on certain semi-automatic firearms.

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