Did the NRA Ask Judicial Candidates for ‘Position Letters’ on Guns?

Did the NRA Ask Judicial Candidates for ‘Position Letters’ on Guns?

Gun Rights

In the aftermath of the 14 February 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, gun rights activists and lobbyists, in particular the National Rifle Association (NRA) have come under renewed scrutiny. In this context, influential gun control advocates shared a letter that, to some, exemplified the influence of the NRA over candidates for political office. On 18 February, the actor and activist Alyssa Milano tweeted a copy of a letter purportedly sent by the NRA to Tim Burns, a candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court judge. If you live in #Wisconsin , please vote for @Burns4WI this Tuesday February 20th. Tim received the below letter from the NRA. We can no longer allow the #NRA to bully candidates in this country. #NoRA pic.twitter.com/pV76SWiJwZ — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 18, 2018 The letter is real. The NRA sent it out a few weeks before the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In it, the NRA asked candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court to submit a position letter outlining their stance on guns, which the NRA would condense and distribute to its members in the state. A spokesperson for Tim Burns, a candidate in the nonpartisan judicial primary election, sent us a photograph of the letter and the envelope it arrived in, as well as email correspondence establishing its authenticity. Burns’s campaign tweeted a cropped photograph of the letter on 29 January 2018, with one section underlined: If you choose not to return a position letter, you […]

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