The NRA Has Fallen to Lobbyists, Says Majority of ...

The NRA Has Fallen to Lobbyists, Says Majority of Gun Owners

In a new poll from Americans for Responsible Solutions, 67% of gun owners believe the NRA has shifted from protecting the interests of gun owners to protecting lobbyist and gun manufacturers’ interests.

Americans for Responsible Solutions is an anti-gun violence PAC created by former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a shooting at a constituent event in 2011, and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly.

The poll included 661 gun owners; 26% of which said they were NRA members. 50% of those surveyed said they voted for Trump, while 43% said they voted for Clinton.

Additionally, the poll asked those surveyed about specific gun policy issues. On permits for concealed carry in public, 88% said they support requiring permits. Eighty percent said they support background checks on all gun purchases. Banning gun purchases by those convicted of domestic violence and stalking garnered 86% support; while 85% supported banning those on the federal terror watch list or no-fly list from purchasing guns. 60% supported prohibiting guns on school grounds, with 33% against prohibition.

The NRA criticized the poll’s results, referring to their claim that the 2016 election was a “was a referendum on gun control.” A spokeswoman from the NRA reiterated that “the majority of Americans oppose gun control and they made their voices heard this past November,” adding that the results are dubious since they originated from a pro-gun control organization.

NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre has pushed the idea that gun owners won the election for Trump. In a November video released on NRATV, LaPierre stated how Clinton’s anti-2nd Amendment focus costed her the election. He described the election as a “historic, even heroic accomplishment.”

This Americans for Responsible Solutions poll follows past research on gun policy in the 2016 election. A Pew Research Center survey conducted in August of 2016, found that the majority of Trump (75%) and Clinton (90%) voters favored background checks for private sales, including gun shows. The vast majority of both voters favored a ban on people with mental illnesses from purchasing guns, including banning those on no-fly and watch lists.

Clinton and Trump voters split significantly, however, when it comes to a Federal database to track gun purchases, ban on high-capacity magazines, and assault-style weapons ban.

John-Pierre Maeli is a freelance writer, and managing editor at Refined Right. He's been featured in places like Heat Street, Red Alert Politics, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, and others. A fashionista, you can catch him in local coffee shops in the Washington DC area.