The National Rifle Association submitted an underwhelming fundraising report as the Friday deadline for monthly filing campaign committees approaches. Follow the action on Influence Explorer’s Real-Time FEC.Continue reading
Want to buy a machine gun without a background check? Federal law allows it — for now
Gun rights advocates are trying to keep the federal government from closing a loophole that allows purchasers of heavy weaponry to avoid background checks by transferring their guns to a legal trust.Continue reading
One year since Sandy Hook, has the NRA made any progress on its plans to curb gun violence?
After Sandy Hook, the NRA heaped blamed on violent video games and a failing mental health system, while proposing that schools arm more personnel. A Sunlight review finds little progress on any of the gun rights group's agenda.Continue reading
Did NRA silence help win passage of plastic gun ban?
The NRA didn't stand in the way of Congress approving a plan to extend a ban on guns that would go unnoticed by metal detectors — but it scuttled proposals to extend it to guns manufactured via 3-D printing.Continue reading
Follow the gun money with Sunlight tools
How we did this guns series, and how you can follow the money too using Sunlight's tools.Continue reading
Did guns beat money in Colorado recalls?
Pro-gun advocates appear to have defeated better-funded gun control supporters in this year's Colorado recall races, but loopholes in the reporting laws make it hard to determine exactly who spent how much.Continue reading
On gun control, states are where the action is
While their efforts to win new federal gun regulations stalled out this year, gun control advocates did win some victories in big states.Continue reading
Explore gun influence state by state
Use Sunlight's interactive table to get a state by state breakdown how much groups on either side of the gun debate gave candidates for state and federal office.Continue reading
Gun law nullification efforts fade as specter of federal gun laws retreats
Efforts by states to nullify possible new federal gun control measures have flagged, along with prospects for Congress passing any new legislation in the wake of last year's Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.Continue reading
Barrage of political campaign spending follows shootings at Sandy Hook
Even in an "off" election year, groups on both sides of the gun debate spent millions to influence public opinion, and some have stockpiled big warchests for 2014.Continue reading