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Latest legislative news from inside the NRA Institute for Legislative Action

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Lavish Gun Control Contributions
Continue to Undermine Anti-Gun Narrative

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's Safety for All
Committee, which advocates anti-gun measures,
raised $3.8 million by August, compared with
$467,000 raised by pro-gun groups.

A

key fiction that gun control supporters have been perpetuating
for nearly a half-century gets more
indefensible by the day. Whether it's
the latest political cartoon depicting the
NRA buying off Congress, or an alternate
Hillary Clinton delegate at the Democratic National Convention contending
that "all of the money, the big money
is with the NRA," gun control advocates
continue to claim that the gun rights
groups, armed with supposed limitless
wealth, are preventing the gun control
agenda from moving forward.

In truth, as revealed by the lavish
contributions given to gun control advocates in state initiatives, the gun rights
movement remains a grassroots effort to
preserve the constitutional rights of all
Americans, while the gun control movement is increasingly the tool of a handful
of wealthy elites.
This funding discrepancy is once
again playing out in California. There,
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's Safety for All
Committee, which is advocating for
the anti-gun Proposition 63, had raised
$3.8 million by August, as opposed to
$467,000 raised by the two committees
opposing the measure.
Why the discrepancy? Newsom's antigun campaign has received top contributions of $1.1 million from the California Democratic Party, $732,000 from
Newsom's lieutenant governor campaign
committee, and $400,000 from former
Facebook executive Sean Parker.
During the campaign for Washington
Initiative 594, which criminalized the
private transfer of firearms, billionaires
Paul Allen, Michael Bloomberg, Bill and
Melinda Gates, and Steve and Connie
Ballmer all gave hundreds of thousands
of dollars to support the new restrictions.
In a single contribution, billionaire Nick
Hanauer gave a whopping $1 million
toward the effort.
This November, Nevadans will also
face a gun control initiative on the
ballot in Question 1. The initiative, like
Washington state's, would criminalize
the private transfer of firearms. In 2014,
Bloomberg front group Everytown for
Gun Safety gave the group supporting
the initiative $1.9 million. That same
year, Parker gave the group $250,000,
and Hanauer gave $150,000. Since its

initial contributions, the Bloomberg front
group has continued to pump hundreds
of thousands of dollars into the Nevada
campaign. In May, Silicon Valley billionaire Robert Conway gave $75,000 to the
effort, and in June, Hanauer contributed
another $125,000.
In Maine, a similar anti-gun initiative
will be on the ballot this November. In
May, Bloomberg's Everytown funded the
group supporting the initiative to the
tune of $1.7 million. In June, Hanauer
gave the group $125,000.
Some of the less dishonest corners of
the gun control movement have admitted that the big money gun lobby narrative is false. Recently, Global Strategy
Group President Jefrey Pollock, whom
anti-gun group Americans for Responsible Solutions hired to conduct messaging research, said of the NRA to Politico,
"Their money isn't that big. ... It's not
what they do. Their power rests in their
stupid postcards and their ability to
terrorize members on the Hill and have
them panicked about their rating."
As a leading grassroots political
organization, the NRA's power lies in our
ability to communicate with, organize,
and motivate our members through a
variety of avenues, all in defense of the
Second Amendment. Conversely, having
little grassroots support, our opponents
rely on big-money donors to try to command the public through the brute force
of their nearly unlimited wealth.
So the next time you're confronted
by someone who's fallen hook, line and
sinker for the tired gun control narrative
about the "wealthy gun lobby," let them
know about the gun control movement's
billionaire benefactors, and about our
"stupid postcards."

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Endorsements, go to NRAPVF.org
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