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AP Government NRA

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Darian Hoskins

on 13 November 2012

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Policy Influence and Public Agenda The NRA attempts to influence public policy by providing the public with information such as the truth about guns, gun safety, crime statistics and describing restrictions as "twisted, lawful self-defense, and over-bearing on law-abiding citizens." History of the NRA Formed by William. C Church and George Wingate in 1871 to help "promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis". National Rifle Association(NRA) Political ideology/Connection to politics The NRA is a highly conservative and republican group. Opposed and Supported legislation Supported by the NRA: Assessment of the NRA The NRA is very successful in achieving its agenda. The main goal of the NRA is to protect the Second Amendment of American citizens and to do so, it must pass legislation permitting gun use; this includes protection for those who have fired their weapons and claim “self-defense”. One of the main arguments of the NRA is that one must at all times carry a weapon in case of needing it in a jeopardizing situation, for example, being attacked or a shooting in a public place. Between 2009 to 2012, the NRA has passed multiple gun laws and protections covering just about any situation when guns could be used. Here are some examples: In 1990, NRA ensured that the financial support for firearms-related activities would be available for present and future generations. Establishing the NRA Foundation provided a means to raise millions of dollars to fund gun safety and educational projects of benefit to the general public. Today, the NRA is recognized as a major political
force and America's primary defender of Second
Amendment rights, the NRA has, since its inception,
been the premier firearms education organization in the world. What is the NRA ? "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Second Amendment The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is an American non-profit lobbying group that advocates for the protection of the Second Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights, the promotion of firearm ownership rights as well as marksmanship, firearm safety, and the protection of hunting and self-defense in the United States. What parts of the government does the NRA target/support? Most recently, the NRA has targeted the executive branch as they advocated anti-Obama. The congressional committees most supported by the NRA are: Transportation, Agriculture, Financial Services, and Appropriations Their main target is the US House and Senate and in particular, committees and subcommittees having anything to do with their cause NRA anti-Obama ads The NRA lobbies against anything or anyone that is against states rights or in favor of giving the government more power. Stand Your Ground law: “a person may justifiably use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of an unlawful threat, without an obligation to retreat first.”

Highly supported by ALEC: American Legislative Exchange Council

A conservative American organization, which produces model legislation for state legislatures and promotes free market and conservative ideas. Stand Your Ground: Opposed by the NRA:

S.B. 249: “It is currently illegal in California for manufacturers to sell certain guns with detachable magazines, or the storage areas that allow for repeat firing. To get around the law, manufacturers have been selling guns with tools, or conversion kits, that allow one to reload in seconds. Yee's bill seeks to ban such devices, including “bullet buttons” and "mag magnets."

NRA argued that this is “California’s worst gun confiscation threat in 20 years!” They believe it is a “sneaky way to ban guns”. S.B. 249 Although the NRA favors the Republican Party, it sends big amounts of money to both parties to ensure a “win-win” situation when either candidate is elected.
NRA spends more time and money on the Republican Party because their views on
firearms are better aligned. The NRA most recently pulled its litigious trigger against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The NRA is known for fulfilling it's public agenda through litigation. NRA usually formally announces endorsement of its favored candidate enable to provide support during the election. NRA and its Candidates “Today we live in an America… led by a president who mocks our values, belittles our faith, and is threatened by our freedom. So on behalf of the four million men and women of the National Rifle Association, representing tens of millions of NRA supporters, it is my honor to announce the NRA’s endorsement of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.” -Chris Cox (executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action) Bullets and Booze: in Missouri, law-abiding citizens can carry a gun while intoxicated and fire in “self-defense”.
Child-Safety Lock Off: in Kansas, permit holders can carry a concealed weapon inside K-12 schools and school events.
Short Arm of the Law: in Utah, a person under a felony indictment can buy a gun and a person charged with a violent crime may be able to retain a concealed weapon with a permit. In Nebraska, those who have pled guilty to a crime can get a permit to carry a gun.
Sweet Jesus!: in Louisiana, permit holders can carry a concealed weapon inside houses of worship.
Without a Trace: Virginia repealed laws requiring handgun vendors to submit sales records and ordered all previous records destroyed.
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