NRA Devotes $2 Million to Challenging Biden’s Gun Reforms

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On Wednesday evening, the National Rifle Association announced a $2 million campaign to fight President Joe Biden’s agenda, including opposing his nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, despite currently entering its second week of bankruptcy hearings, reports the Washington Post. More than $400,000 will be spent in Maine, West Virginia and Montana on television ads that say “Stop Biden’s gun grab.” The ads are designed to influence senators whose votes may be in play as the gun-control debate unfolds and target senators who have proposed compromise legislation that would expand background checks for gun buyers. However, while the recent surge in mass shootings has increased calls for universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons, any such bills would likely be blocked by a Republican filibuster in the Senate. In addition to the TV ads, the NRA announced that $600,000 will go to targeted digital advertising in the original three states and Arizona, North Carolina, Florida and Pennsylvania.  Though the NRA has filed for bankruptcy protection,  the election of Biden and the prospect of gun-control measures has inspired contributions and activism, officials said.

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