NRA Pushes Anti-Gun Confiscation Pledge As Meeting Opens


The National Rifle Association launched a push to get mayors and police chiefs to swear never to confiscate guns in times of emergencies as the group opens its annual convention today in Milwaukee, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The pledge was prompted by the post-hurricane confiscation of guns in New Orleans last year. The NRA plans to begin seeking state laws to penalize with prison time any officials who take guns from law-abiding citizens. Critics labeled the effort as an election-year gimmick to generate outrage – and contributions to the NRA. Josh Sugarmann of the Washington, D.C.-based Violence Policy Center labeled it “red meat to motivate the pro-gun hard-core.” In Milwaukee, Deputy Police Chief Brian O’Keefe said, “the rhetoric to say we are going to disarm law-abiding citizens is a little over the top.”

NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said the initiative “may well be the most important” in the group’s 135-year history. “It’s an easy pledge to sign,” he said. “Signing the pledge should be effortless.” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said that if NRA leaders want him to sign the pledge, they should accept his invitation to meet and discuss illegal guns and their role in gun violence. Earlier, LaPierre had labeled a letter Barrett sent seeking the meeting as “grandstanding.”


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