Seventeen states require people placed under restraining orders to surrender their guns or face arrest. In the latest installment of its nine-part series of editorials on links between domestic violence, guns and mass shootings, the New York Times says Congress should make this a federal law–but that would require politicians “to put aside their fear that any restrictions on guns…will run afoul of the mindless absolutism that increasingly defines the NRA.”
The NRA has spent $4.1 million on lobbying this year, a fraction of mega-spenders like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. So what accounts for its power in Washington? Analysts say it chooses its political battles wisely, swinging primary elections in favor of pro-gun candidates.
Millions of records are missing from databases that might disqualify gun purchases based on criminal convictions or mental problems. Experts say these systemic breakdowns have lingered for decades because officials decided they were too costly and time-consuming to fix.
Sales spiked to all-time highs last year under the irrational trope that President Obama was going to “take away our guns.” But gun manufacturers and retailers are seeing a downside as President Trump snuggles with the NRA: Gun sales have dropped sharply since he was elected.
As NRA members arrive in Atlanta for its annual convention, the gun-loving group is preparing a lobbying blitz on its top legislative priority: a federal law that would create national reciprocity for concealed-carry licenses, requiring every state to accept the permits of the other 49, regardless of differences in eligibility standards.