Gun control groups are getting ready for the Republican-controlled Congress, which they think will move to expand gun rights while killing strict firearms laws.
Notices are going out from anti-gun groups like the Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, founded and led by former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, soliciting cash and ideas for standing their ground against Republican lawmakers, reports The Washington Times.
The PAC’s email included a link to a survey with more than a dozen questions about ways to make the group’s efforts more effective, including ballot initiatives or pushes for state and federal laws.
Another group, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, plans to fight to hold its agenda in Congress, with executive director Josh Horwitz saying he is looking ahead to the next congressional election cycle and a new Congress in 2017.
“We’ll probably be playing a little more defense, but I think we’re optimistic that we’ll be able to tamp down any type of [National Rifle Association] meddling and then be in a better position in 2016 to continue our work,” he told The Times. “We’re not going to be going away, I can tell you that much.”
Horwitz noted that many of the Democrats who lost were from red states and supported gun rights. Now, even though the party is in the congressional minority, the Democrats who are left are more united in opposing gun-rights legislation and will “be able to hopefully stop most of the NRA’s agenda.”