CAGV Candidates Grades and Endorsements for November General Assembly Races


CT Against Gun Violence has issued grades for all candidates running in November’s Connecticut General Assembly races. Where there is a clear choice of a candidate who is a champion on gun safety issues, CAGV has endorsed those candidates.

Factors used to determine grades included: voting record, responses to our candidate questionnaire sent to all candidates of record; statements made by candidates on gun safety issues to the press; comments made at public hearings, at candidate forums, and at candidate debates; appearances before and remarks made to opposition groups; comments and response to ideas presented at private meetings; and actions and comments in prior positions held.

Information was then reviewed and considered by the Endorsement Committee and final endorsement decisions were made. A grade of “?” indicates that sufficient information is not available for the candidate. If you’re not sure which district you vote in, please  click here

Click here to view the full list of candidates, grades, and endorsements for all CT General Assembly House and Senate Districts.

Connecticut Cannot Be Discouraged‏

First, a sincere thank you to all of you who made calls, sent emails, and posted/tweeted on social media to Senators around the country asking for their vote.

I know how disappointing it is to you that common sense bills like Universal Background Checks and prohibiting gun sales to terrorists – bills with large public support in the polls and for which thousands of calls and emails made it to the targeted Senators –  still failed to pass in the Senate, on mostly party line votes. For Senator Murphy’s amendment on Universal Background checks, only one Republican voted yes, Mark Kirk-IL; Three Democrats voted no: Heidi Heitkamp-ND; Joe Manchin-WVA; and Jon Tester-MT. For Senator Feinstein’s Terror Gap bill, two Republicans voted yes:  Kirk and Kelly Ayotte-NH. One Democrat, Heitkamp, voted no.

Senator Murphy commented on the vote that: ‘Republicans have decided to sell weapons to ISIS.’

[For Full Votes: Feinstein Amendment: Click here. Murphy Amendment: Click here.]

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U.S. Senate to Vote on Critical Gun Bills on Monday. Please Take Action Now!‏


Thanks in large part to the dramatic filibuster effort of our CT Senator Chris Murphy, a vote will be taken Monday in the U.S. Senate on two important bills:  One on expanding Universal Background checks on gun sales; and one adding those on terrorist and no-fly list to the database of persons prohibited from owning guns.

Fifteen Senators have been identified as possible critical votes for passage. You can help:  Simply text CAGV to 877-877.  Your call will be directed to one of those Senators.

Or you can click Call on the Senate to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists and expand Brady background checks right now. By clicking on that link, giving your cell phone number and filling out the information, you will be connected by phone to the office of one of those Senators and you will be directed as to the message to give them.

The vote is so close!  Your call can make the difference! It only takes seconds! Please do it now!