Joe Gravellese, candidate for State Representative in the 16th Suffolk District (Revere, Chelsea, Saugus) in the September 1 Democratic primary, has been awarded the “Gunsense Candidate” distinction by Moms Demand Action, a nationwide organization formed in response to the Sandy Hook elementary school shootings.
“The Gunsense Candidate program recognizes that we can have policy that respects individuals’ right to bear arms while also enacting sensible, bipartisan reforms that reduce gun deaths,” said Gravellese.
“Moms Demand Action pushes nationwide to close loopholes in completing background checks and keeping guns out of the hands of violent criminals, and cracking down on unlawful gun trafficking. We’ve already adopted many of these steps here in Massachusetts, proving that it’s possible to balance these rights and responsibilities.”
“I’m honored to have the Gunsense Candidate distinction, representing that I will work against efforts by corporate lobbyists to roll back the sensible, effective policies Massachusetts has in place.”
While working at the State House as legislative director to Rep. Lori Ehrlich in 2013-16, Gravellese worked with Rep. Ehrlich to draft legislation and raise the issue of people on the national terrorism watch list being able to legally purchase firearms in Massachusetts. Ehrlich’s office went on to work on a comprehensive bill led by Speaker Robert DeLeo that eventually became law, which has helped keep Massachusetts annually among the states with the lowest rates of gun violence. In 2018, Massachusetts had the second lowest rate of gun deaths of any state, after Rhode Island.
In addition to the Moms Demand Action Gunsense Candidate Distinction, Gravellese has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Boston Teachers Union, six building trades unions, and Massachusetts Voters for Animals.