Gun-Control Advocates Give Up On Congress, To Spend $25M In States


In Colorado, Democrats passed some of the nation's toughest gun legislation this year. Gun rights supporters responded by recalling two state senators who championed the bills. Now, says the Washington Post, gun-control advocates are plotting their revenge. In Denver this week, 60 activists spent a day strategizing to defend the remaining legislators who voted for the measures and protect them from repeal efforts. They also vowed to take a page from their opponents' playbook by possibly mounting campaigns to recall Republicans who opposed the new restrictions.

Gun-control activists have largely given up on Congress, which did not pass background-check legislation after the school massacre in Newtown, Ct. The groups are shifting their resources to a handful of states, where they have hired political operatives to try to build permanent gun-control movements. The effort is certain to run into heavy resistance from the National Rifle Association, which has focused for years on building relationships with state legislators, contributing to their campaigns and hiring lobbyists to pressure them. Groups run by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and other gun-control advocates intend to spend $25 million in 2014, mostly in states. Their strategy is to pressure state legislatures and pursue ballot initiatives for stricter gun laws, as well as to defend or attack politicians in next fall's campaigns based on their gun votes. A consensus has emerged among activists that pushing for federal background checks is a lost cause for now.

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