facing backlash, Republican congressman quits race after aiding U.S. gun control - Reuters

A memorial is seen for victims close the scene of a shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, manhattan, U.S. can also 16, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File image

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June three (Reuters) - A Republican congressman who got here out in guide of gun manage after a mass taking pictures in his enviornment dropped out of the race for his re-election on Friday upon coming below withering criticism from Republicans who saw his policy shift as a betrayal.

Chris Jacobs, a first-term U.S. consultant from suburban Buffalo, long island, noted he determined to withdraw to avoid "an incredibly divisive election" for the Republican birthday celebration.

Jacobs embraced a federal ban on assault weapons and other gun manage measures per week ago within the wake of two massacres. Authorities say a white gunman killed 10 Black individuals inside a grocery store on may additionally 14 in a racially inspired attack, and a gunman killed 19 schoolchildren and two academics in an extra assault in Uvalde, Texas, on may additionally 24.

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"This has been a profoundly impactful experience for me," Jacobs advised the Buffalo information, regarding the Buffalo capturing.

The backlash turned into instant. Gun rights agencies posted his office and mobile phone numbers on the information superhighway and native birthday celebration leaders began pulling their aid, the big apple instances said.

"The last component we need is an extremely poor, half-certainty-filled media attack funded by means of hundreds of thousands of dollars of special hobby funds coming into our group round this issue of guns and gun violence and gun manage," Jacobs informed newshounds Friday upon saying his withdrawal.

Jacobs turned into elected to Congress in new york's twenty seventh District two years ago with the guide of the country wide Rifle affiliation however now could be in the redrawn 23rd District.

The Republican candidate will be chosen in an Aug. 23 fundamental election ahead of the Nov. 8 popular election, when the entire residence of Representatives could be decided.

Republicans are poised to regain control from the Democrats within the carefully divided residence, because the party in handle of the White condominium traditionally loses seats in Congress in midterm elections.

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Reporting by Daniel Trotta; editing by means of Cynthia Osterman

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