The NRA Has Imploded, But Republicans Are Ready To Hold The Line On Gun Control Without Them

The NRA Has Imploded, But Republicans Are Ready To Hold The Line On Gun Control Without Them

Alex Wong / Getty Images The National Rifle Association booth during the CPAC conference in February 2019 in Maryland. WASHINGTON — Time after time, Democrats have tried to pass reforms to restrict access to firearms. Time after time, the National Rifle Association has led successful campaigns to block every bill. Now the NRA has imploded, and Democrats see an opening after a wave of mass shootings to start the year. Senate Republicans, though, see that as wishful thinking — in interviews this week, senators repeatedly said they don’t need an active NRA to tell them where they stand on guns. The NRA’s decades of work are already baked in. New York Attorney General Letita James is suing to dissolve the NRA, alleging senior leadership siphoned tens of millions of dollars to fund their lavish lifestyles. In response, the NRA is attempting to declare bankruptcy and reincorporate in Texas. The association’s spending is restricted and requires court approval. Democrats were already planning to try to extend background checks for firearm sales this year. The NRA being off the board is causing even more optimism that they can reach some bipartisan deal that can get through Congress. “Their power is what stopped background checks from passing in 2013. It can’t not matter that they are significantly less able to run an effective political operation,” Sen. Chris Murphy told BuzzFeed News this week. Last year set a record with over 40,000 people in America dying from gun violence, including suicides. And 2021 […]

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