New ad targets Ayotte for vote against background checks

For the fourth time, Mayors Against Illegal Guns is running an ad against the New Hampshire Republican

By Jillian Rayfield

Published June 4, 2013 5:01PM (EDT)

A new TV ad from the pro-gun control group Mayors Against Illegals Guns targets Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., for her vote against background checks, and features a former police chief telling voters that Ayotte misled them on her support for the measure.

Ayotte, who voted against the Manchin-Toomey amendment to strengthen gun control background checks, has claimed that she actually voted to "improve" background checks by supporting a Republican measure instead, which would have in practice made it easier for people formerly designated as mentally ill to obtain guns.

"Senator Ayotte uses her vote for this law as an alibi to claim she is tough on crime," Police Chief Scott Knight says in the new ad, the fourth released by Mayors Against Illegal Guns against Ayotte. "Don't be fooled. She voted to kill comprehensive background checks, making us less safe. That’s a fact."


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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