The gun control group founded and led by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration accusing them of failing to disclose documents that reveal the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) influence over President Donald Trump’s views on gun policies and legislation.
The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The group also filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) earlier this week.
This lawsuit accuses the ATF of failing to comply with various Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for documents concerning communications between the NRA and the Trump administration.
Both lawsuits cite two separate instances where the group claims the ATF failed to respond to FOIA requests into whether the Trump administration had been unduly influenced by pro-gun lobbyists and just how far they went in their attempts to influence the passage of “dangerous policies and to oppose common sense gun-violence-prevention measures.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 10, 2017
The organization is seeking records concerning Trump administration policies and/or upcoming policies to be presented regarding concealed carry reciprocity laws, “gun silencers” (that is a suppressor for those that do not speak gun grabber lingo), “bump stock” gun attachments, and so-called “assault weapon” exports. This lawsuit is also attempting to go on a fishing expedition in an effort to seek evidence that President Trump’s eldest son – Donald Trump, Jr. – improperly lobbied for gun manufacturing companies, contact between gun lobbying groups and Trump administration officials after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, as well as fishing for any evidence that the NRA was to review bump stock regulations alongside the ATF.
This all stems from an ATF document that was leaked last February disclosing a top ATF official pushed a series of NRA backed proposals. The NRA also contributed $1 million to assist the confirmation of President Trump’s Supreme Court Justice pick – Neil Gorsuch.
Lawmakers already acknowledge the NRA is one of the top three most influential lobbying groups in Washington, D.C. which is in my opinion why the left is working so hard to villainize them. The American nonprofit organization has advocated for gun rights since 1871. It has kept members informed about firearms-related legislation since 1934 and directly lobbied for and against legislation since 1975, so none of these things should be an issue, except the gun grabbers are now attempting to make it one.
— Carrie ❤️ America 🇺🇸 (@carrieksada) November 10, 2017
Mainstream propaganda arm NBC claims they obtained talking points from the White House regarding the deadly Las Vegas mass shooting and they share similarities with the NRA’s talking points. Well, it seems any American that supports the Constitution and the 2nd amendment will share similiar talking points. However, in the direction of further restricting freedom the Giffords Law Center does not see it quite that way.
Executive Director of the Giffords Law Center, Robyn Thomas stated –
“The Trump administration appears willing to let the National Rifle Association dictate its federal gun safety policy, which includes remaining silent on how to stem our nation’s gun violence epidemic. Protecting the safety of Americans should be the top priority of any president. Unfortunately, gun lobby profits seem to be more important to President Trump.”
President Trump has been very outspoken and vocal in his support of gun rights in the wake of the recent tragedies, including the recent attack at a rural Texas church, stating the issue was one of “mental health” not one that would necessitate the removal of gun rights. The president rightfully recognizes that criminals do not follow laws and crazy cannot be reasoned with. These gun grabbers neglect to mention that in the Antioch church shooting and the Texas shooting the shooter was stopped by a good guy with a gun.
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