Nicely played: NRA puts senators who support background checks on notice

NRA lobbyist Chris Cox
NRA lobbyist Chris Cox – Photo Credit

The National Rifle Association has served notice that senators who support the background checks deal struck between Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) will feel the effects on their NRA pro-gun credentials.

In an announced Wednesday evening, the NRA said that it will grade lawmakers’ votes on the final procedural motion and passage of the compromise, according to Talking Points Memo.

After initially indicating that the votes would not count toward the ratings, NRA’s top lobbyist Chris Cox posted a letter to senators online saying the organization “is unequivocally opposed to” the Manchin-Toomey agreement.

“Expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools,” Cox wrote.”Given the importance of these issues, votes on all anti-gun amendments or proposals will be considered in NRA’s future candidate evaluations.”

The NRA’s decision to score the bill is likely to make it more difficult for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to find the necessary 60 votes to maneuver the bill through the Senate, as noted by TPM.


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