The fight against gun control has some surprising new allies

The fight against gun control has some surprising new allies

New York (CNN)The firearms industry and its GOP allies have taken a more inclusive approach to fighting Democrat-led efforts to pass stricter gun laws this year. The once-mighty National Rifle Association, whose bankruptcy bid was shot down by a federal judge on May 11, has played a much less-active role in the current gun control debate taking place on Capitol Hill due to its internal corruption scandals and related lawsuits. In its place, gun rights supporters have found additional political allies among minority-led, pro-Second Amendment groups such as the National African American Gun Association and the DC Project, a women-centered firearms education organization that also trains domestic violence victims to safely and legally defend themselves. Republicans have invited leaders from these groups to speak on Capitol Hill to counteremotional testimony from the families of gun violence victims invited by Democrats. Firearms trade groups have also built inroads with leaders from the Pink Pistols , an LGBTQ gun group, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Gun Owners , which formed in March amid a Covid-19-related surge in anti-Asian hate crimes . AAPI GO co-founder Scott Kane (left) and member Philip Pang (right) pose for a picture at the Livermore Pleasanton Rod & Gun Club in Livermore, California, in this undated photo. Promoting self defense AAPI GO’s co-founder, Scott Kane, 37, is White, but his wife and the couple’s 8-year-old daughter are Chinese American. Kane said he’s voted Democrat most of his adult life and never felt the need to own […]

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