January 10th, 2013
08:19 PM ET
9 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.

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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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soundoff (523 Responses)
  1. Del

    we're gonna take your guns hahahahahahahahahahahahahah!!!!

    January 10, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. Eric

    Three of our 1st amendment rights and government of checks and balances working as it should.

    January 10, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  3. GayAtheist

    Read My Lips:


    January 10, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. Wolfman

    disarm the American public=more Government control

    January 10, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  5. Rush

    Hopefully this will be wasted money.

    January 10, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  6. Steve Haefle

    II have an idea for their ad! One gun wielding idiot holding 75 of us hostage. This is the relationship between the NRA (membership 4.2 million) and the US population (311 million). Why do we let these idiots do this to us?

    January 10, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  7. Martin

    In this fight I stand firmly on the side of the NRA and my 2nd amendment rights!!!!!NRA-4-EVER

    January 10, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. Anthony

    I dont know what the last statement is talking about but I have had background checks done on all the rifles I have bought at gun shows and everyone I know has had to do the same.

    January 10, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  9. ben schaffer

    why is no one asking or talking about the fact that all these mass shootings have one thing in common, anti depressants.

    January 10, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. odi vulgi populi et arceo

    The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
    Albert Einstein
    I know most of NRA members and NRA probably never heard of this guy.

    January 10, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  11. Evergreen

    The NRA boasts about new membership numbers but they don't mention how many members have canceled their membership. If the NRA is like most organizations, they keep the names of canceled members on their mailing lists. However, regardless of their membership numbers, they don't represent the majority.

    January 10, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. Rick

    "Currently buyers at gun shows do not have to undergo the same background checks as buyers at gun stores."

    I CALL BS!!!!! When you purchase a firearm from a gun show dealer, you undergo the same background check as if you were buy at a brick and mortar gun store. CNN, please stop misleading your readers!

    January 10, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. Dlyn

    Still lying as hard as you can is see. "Currently buyers at gun shows do not have to undergo the same background checks as buyers at gun stores"

    January 10, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  14. Tony Kammerer

    Get the facts right please. Most sales at gun shows are done by Federal Firearm Licensed dealers (FFL's) and therefore require a full background check via NICS just like any gun store.
    There are some private individuals that are selling their own personal property (guns) however and those sellers are not required (nor are they granted access if they wanted to) to perform a background check.

    January 10, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    NRA just shut up. Nation needs GUN-BAN LAWS. Enough kids killings.

    January 10, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. Macollins

    My God....what does any intelligent person have to say? Any gamesman that needs a repeating rifle to take out a deer or a bird is not a sportsman. How many people have actually surprised an armed gunsman with even a pistol trying to invade their home. This is rediculous!

    January 10, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  17. ohreally

    Good for the NRA. They can spend all the money they want. I welcome it for the economy, but I think they will learn , just like the Koch Brothers and those who tried to take advantage of Citizens United and wasted their money in the last election. It won't work this time. The public is not with them. We have seen too many dead children and enough is enough.

    January 10, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  18. Justin

    Please, please stop saying the phrase "magazine clips" Magazines and clips are two completely different things. Please for your sake, understand what you are writing, so you dont sound ignorant to the firearm savvy.

    January 10, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. Bill Willy

    Why would the NRA not support background chekcs at gun shows? That's just stupid. It literally takes 2 minutes. This is the sort of stuff that makes people question the sanity and the morality of NRA leaders.

    January 10, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. Sam

    I wish you people would check your facts before printing. I live in Arizona where we have gun shows every 4 months. You just stated that people that buy guns at gun shows do not have to go through a background check. That is a lie. Every gun dealer that sells a gun at a gun show must do a background check on every sale before selling the handgun. IT IS ALREADY A FEDERAL LAW!!!! Check your facts! The so called loophole is between private seller to private seller which is not allowed in a gun show. It is allowed anytime anywhere. Not just at gun shows. The private sales represent less than 1% of guns sold near a gun show. Try going to one once and check your facts. I bet you won't print a retraction will you? All you are interested in is scare tactics and misinformation for your own political agenda. This is the last time I view anything that has CNN associated with it!

    January 10, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Why would Keene or anyone be for background checks at gun stores but not at gun show?

    January 10, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    I love the way the NRA fights so hard to keep high cap magz. As if you can't defend yourself with a 10 round mag and must have a 30 round mag to do so. I am a gun owner and hunter and as both I do not need that many rounds.

    January 10, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  23. Joe

    The NRA is a dinosaur and should meet the same fate,,,,,,,,,,,soon.

    January 10, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  24. frizzen

    Where does this fool get the fiction in the last paragraph? The same laws for background checks apply at gun shows as at gun dealers shops. THERE IS NO GUN SHOW LOOP HOLE.

    January 10, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. LIP

    This is all about going after guns and limiting access to them and misses the point entirely. Take a close look at the movie industry and those making all the violent movies and video games. They are desensitising our youth to "killing" at an alarming rate.
    Piers Morgan is arguing for the wrong things right now. Our youth is being destroyed by these mindless games that children, yes children, play for hours on end, killing over and over and over.
    What is wrong with our leaders that they think chasing after guns will solve this problem.
    More people (women, men and children) are killed by cell phone users than those in these mass shootings and all they get is 30 days in jail and a little community service. More drunks kill people than these mass shootings and cars kill over 50,000 a year in the US and we still drive them everywhere. Guns are not the problem...people are the problem and if guns aren't availabvle and they always will be, these nuts will find another means to make their mark.
    Go to the heart of the problem....movies and video games.

    January 10, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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