National Rifle Association (NRA)
August, 1999

The NRA is a national membership organization that supports the right to keep and bear arms. As a result, it has long resisted most efforts to expand gun control measures. In 1998 and 1999, the intensity of its differences with the Clinton Administration mounted. One factor contributing to the growing fervor of the differences was a series of highly publicized shootings that led President Clinton to call for new gun laws. The NRA's basic response to the president was that his administration should enforce existing federal laws rather than calling for new ones. In August of 1999, TRAC mounted a new public web site documenting that referrals from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms had declined by 44% from 1992 to 1998. Seizing on this finding, the NRA widely distributed a television spot mocking the administration's enforcement record.

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