January 10th, 2013
08:19 PM ET
2 years ago

National Rifle Association gearing up for a fight

Washington (CNN) - The National Rifle Association is gearing up to face one of the strongest challenges to its cause in many years: recommendations from an Obama administration working group on gun violence that are expected to address assault weapons and high-capacity magazine clips.

CNN has learned the NRA is also preparing an ad campaign, expected to include both print and television advertisements, that would begin soon to help mount its opposition to new gun restrictions. NRA officials refused to discuss specifics.

The administration's working group on violence, led by Vice President Joe Biden, will deliver its recommendations to President Barack Obama by Tuesday.

"We are mobilizing for a fight," NRA President David Keene told CNN. "We will engage our members."

The association is planning to send mailings to its members urging them to contact members of Congress with their opposition to new gun laws. "Let them know you feel strongly," is how Keene summarized the group's message to member.

The NRA is also sending personnel to gun shows to help to mobilize gun owners to voice their opposition.

Since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, last month, the organization has added 100,000 new members, bringing its total membership to 4.2 million, NRA officials told CNN. Because of the increased attention on the issue, the officials think they will soon hit 5 million.

The NRA was one of the groups representing gun owners that met with Biden and his group Thursday afternoon.

After the session, the group issued a statement, saying "this task force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners … it is unfortunate this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems."

A White House official did not comment on the meeting other than to say it lasted just over an hour and a half.

Biden earlier in the day told a separate meeting of his working group, this one with victims' groups and gun safety organizations, that "there's got to be some common ground here, not to solve every problem, but diminish the probability that … these mass shootings will occur and diminish the probability that our children are at risk in our schools."

Keene told CNN's "The Situation Room" that one area where he thought the group and the Obama administration could possibly find some common ground was on the need for background checks. However, he said he did not support instituting them at gun shows. Currently buyers at gun shows do not have to undergo the same background checks as buyers at gun stores.


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  1. Jack

    Let's be honest. The NRA doesn't give one hoot about gun rights or regulations. They are an anti-government organization posing as a sporting association. They see themselves as some kind of militia umbrella group.

    January 11, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Namewade

    All of these people are saying we don't need a semiautomatic weapon. Well why do people need and home that coast millions of dollars and cars that are 100 thousand dollars you don't have to have that to live or get around but they choose to just like i may not need 30 rounds in my gun but i choose to i work everyday so i can have things i choose to have just like all hard working American do

    January 11, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Dma

    Perhaps we need to ban all cars that use fuel as a source of power! The scientist (ones who study theories and assumptions) say that global warming will kill millions of people if not regulated. If this is true and millions of people will die, the govt should ban all vehicles that use fuel. See how many of you would be willing to go along with the govt for that. You laugh and make fun of people for speaking out for their constitutional rights and what they feel are important, you will cry when they regulate something that you enjoy. examples: cars with low mpg, fast food (mcdonalds), sodas and other beverages (new york), fried foods (new york), guns (all over), religion, etc.... and it is not done yet.

    January 11, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Tom

    I really just have one question. How small does a guys "package" have to be be to need an assault rifle or how unsatisfied does a wife need to be by the size of her husbands "package" to need an assault weapon? Guess it's the only way to have something substantial in their hands. I think that's the real question. These people are obviously compensating for their shortcomings. There's no other reason why a handgun wouldn't suffice.

    January 11, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Malory Archer

    GBfromOhio

    It's a myth that the NRA can ruin a candidate...

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I disagree. As you stated: "The NRA spent a ton of money on candidates and issues during the election also and lost almost every race, had something like a 98% failure rate."

    Seems like every candidate they backed was RUINED by their endorsement! LOL!!!

    January 11, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Ms Lulu

    I think all people who own guns should have to register them. If everyone has to register their cars, then I don't know why any 'responsible' gun owner would have a problem with registering every firearm they own. I mean it is a deadly weapon after all.

    January 11, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  7. Hard Learned Lessons from History

    "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. " - Mao Zedong

    Leftists know this America. Do YOU?!!

    January 11, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. hermes96

    They should test Alex Jones's DNA for Neanderthal DNA..I think he has exceeded the legal limit of Neanderthal DNA...He looked like a real Neanderthal on Piers Morgan the other day...He has a real anger management problem....Should we even allow people with an anger management problem to own a deadly weapon like a gun??

    Maybe we should test everyone for Neanderthal DNA before they can buy, and own a gun....

    January 11, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. CNN Loud Mouth

    In simple terms, the national outcry is to eliminate "paramilitary" type weapons, eliminate high round magazine clips and to require background checks/licensing for 100% of gun purchases. Anyone, who honestly believes that the national outcry is to eliminate all guns is delusional, defined as, "having a persistent, false psychotic belief."

    January 11, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. Larry L

    @JohnParryJones

    The Obama administration has wanted to clamp down on guns for a long time. Regrettably it uses Newtown as a catalyst. Shameful. Regulate madmen, monsters, thugs and criminals all you want. But don't try to regulate me. I am a responsible gun owner. And I vote.
    ================================================================================================ I am a responsible gun owner who believes the distribution, ammunition capacity, and rate-of-fire capability of civilian-owned firearms is completely out of control. More significantly, the fearful, bigoted right-wing openly speaks of secession, sedition and treason. The military wouldn't give them a security clearance so why should society arm them with weapons designed for military use? The 2nd Amendment was never designed as a tool for domestic terrorists – regardless of the interpretation we see from the fat bubbas in "poorly-regulated militias".

    I vote and so will non-gun owners (the majority) if gun enthusiasts don't offer something other than sound-bites from N.R.A. bumper stickers as logic.

    January 11, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Craig R B

    People are nuts. No one is going to take their guns away. The majority of the people, gun owners & non-gun owners simply want responsibility. I don't care if someone has an arsenal as long as they're responsible. The 2nd amendment has to be changed or language added so it works in the world in which we live, not the mid 18th century.

    January 11, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  12. Jack

    More regulations will not end all violence with guns. But they will reduce the number of violent incidents. People go on about how there are so many illegal guns that criminals have. Well, they were legal at one time. People are buying them by the truckloads legally in states and in places with loose or no regulations. Then they are being sold on the black market and end up in the hands of criminals. Slow that pipeline and there will be less "illegal" guns in the system.

    January 11, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  13. CNN Mouth Loud

    In simple terms, the national outcry is to eliminate "paramilitary" type weapons, eliminate high round magazine clips and to require background checks/licensing for 100% of gun purchases. Anyone, who honestly believes that the national outcry is to eliminate all guns is delusional, defined as, "having a persistent, false psychotic belief."

    January 11, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Preserve our Republic

    Learn History and the Facts:

    The Federalist No. 10
    The Utility of the Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection
    constitution.Org/fed/federa10.htm

    The oligarch that Biden and Obama answer to is a Faction that threatens our Republic.

    January 11, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. Al

    NRA, I'll be joining as soon as I finish posting this!!!

    January 11, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. just askin

    do you all think the people of cuba, china and north korea would not love to have guns? they are communist serfs simply because they do not have guns.

    January 11, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. Paul

    I will never vote for a democrat again.

    January 11, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. yogi

    @ Dan -
    "The leaders of the NRA and the gun fetishists need to stop bashing the Constitution via perverting the meaning of the second amendment.This is literally killing America and its citizens."

    Very few comments like your's can be found in posts here. There are not only the "gun fetishists", but there is an obscene fascination with guns and violence in this country. Until that changes, the senseless killing will go on and on.

    January 11, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  19. Simon

    Executive orders...challenged in court...conservative supreme retires or dies...law voted constitutional thanks to future Obama appointee. Calling it now.

    January 11, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Dma

    Its funny that you blame the NRA for filling the pockets of the gun manufacturers with money. I believe Obama/Biden have increased the sales and profits to the gun industry alot more than the NRA could have. And it took them only a little over a month!

    January 11, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  21. Duane Sevieri

    It's our own choice, period! Own or don't, choose to protect yourself and family or don't, prepare your family for possible future tyrannical problems with government or don't, allow our constitutional right that our forefathers fought and died for to be taken away and never returned or don't. It's that simple. Dealing with mental health, a society of selfishness w/o parenting and declining moral values, folks dependent on government (yep including generational theft boomers)...now that's the problem and that's complicated.

    January 11, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. bremt allen

    Sounds like another tax to me. Only punish law abiding citizens with more laws and regulations. Wake up people, look at statistics and crime rates of other countries even states with strict gun laws. It will change your mind.

    January 11, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Dumbpolitics

    I think most Americans can agree that people can own guns. They should have a permit and a background check. If I want to go fishing or hunting in any state I need to buy a license to do so. I believe most gun owners don't have a problem with a background check and a form of registration to show proper use and storage of a firearm. Why would proper and upstanding gun owners want people to be able to buy guns at gun shows without background checks. It makes all of us look bad.

    January 11, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. Dave

    I'm not a gun owner, but they need to realize this isn't going to stop. The bad people will always find a way to get the weapons somehow. The strictest gun control cities like chicago and DC have the strictest gun control laws and yet the have some of the highest gun murders and injuries in the nation. Now criminals might commit crime more because you go into a house or store, in a place that has strict gun control laws, the people there are most likely not going to have a gun and the same goes for in place with less strict laws. The thing is though the difference between knowing if the most likely wont have a gun or might have a gun is a huge difference. Most everyone has heard the saying that guns don't kill people, people kill people, so instead of watching the guns, we should watch the crazy people and have different metal stability tests to own a gun.

    January 11, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. Pam from Iowa

    "Currently buyers at gun shows do not have to undergo the same background checks as buyers at gun stores"
    Why is that????
    It seems that a lot of the mass shootings were done with weapons bought at gun shows. Isn't that where the Coumbine guns were bought??
    IWhy would the NRA be against changing that?? is it all about the money??

    January 11, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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