Gun Control Groups Ready for Showdown

   04.26.17

Gun Control Groups Ready for Showdown

Gun control groups are digging in and are promising to spend whatever it takes to fight the National Rifle Association (NRA).

For decades, the NRA was more of defensive than offensive player. I have several gun magazines from the 1990s where the NRA was asking people to call their elected officials and ask them to oppose certain laws.

Times change and so do tactics. Over the past few years the NRA has been taking more gun cases through the court sysem. This new tactic is costing anti-gun groups money.

The leader of America’s largest gun control group pledged to “spend what it takes” to defeat the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) push to weaken local gun control laws in states such as New York, New Jersey and California.

Donald Trump will take the stage at the NRA’s annual meeting on Friday, becoming the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan to address the gun rights group, which spent at least $30m to help elect him last year, more than any other outside group.

With their close friend in the White House, the NRA has moved from defeating new attempts at passing gun control laws to going “on offense” against existing state and local restrictions that govern who is allowed to carry guns in public.

The United States Supreme Court has been asked to hear Peruta v. California, which challenges a California law concerning concealed carry. This is a nightmare situation for anti-gun groups. States such as California and New York, who have spent decades enacting various gun control laws stand to have those laws struck down in a matter of months.

Rumors are going around that a Supreme Court justice may resign in the summer of 2017. If an anti-gun justice does resign, this opens the door for the NRA to undo decades of anti-gun laws. Hopefully, these cases are going to the Supreme Court at just the right time.

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