January 29, 2023

We are fast approaching the Georgia runoff that will determine the final balance of power in the Senate. While Democrats remain in control one way or the other, the outcome will affect how easily President Joe Biden and his party can enforce judges and judge appointments. That means the implications of the race for gun policy will be more than trivial.

So it makes sense that the NRA has poured over $3 million into the campaign so far. But it’s quite odd that the big gun control groups have remained on the sidelines. Contributing author Jake Fogleman delves into the groups’ FEC filings and possible explanations for the spending freeze.

We also gained further insight into the public’s reaction to the postBrno legal landscape. A new poll shows most Americans approve of the court’s decision. And the trendline since June is pretty interesting too.

Speaking of postBrno Legal landscape A new lawsuit was recently filed in North Carolina. This is a follow-up to a previous lawsuit filed against one of the state sheriffs. He has been accused of being slow on carrying gun permits, just as he did with gun purchase permits at the start of the pandemic.

Jake also takes a look into the future at the gun control policies Colorado is likely to pursue in the wake of the election and the Club Q shootings. Will the state expand its “Red Flag” law? Will it issue new restrictions on AR-15? What about homemade weapons?

I’m also looking into whether Everytown Uvalde’s new lawsuit against gun companies and police officers can succeed in court.


Four Handguns / Jake Fogleman
Four Handguns / Jake Fogleman

Gun control groups stay out of Georgia Senate runoff as NRA spending surges
By Jake Fogleman

The arms group’s spending ahead of the Georgia Senate runoff was decidedly one-sided.

With the election just days away, none of the big three national gun control groups — Everytown for Gun Safety, Giffords and Brady — are making great efforts to influence the outcome of the race, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show. The newest Submissions For Everytown for Gun Safety’s Super PAC show, it spent just $1500 on phone calls in support of incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D.). Neither Brady PAC nor Gifford’s PAC have submitted updated filings since November’s general election. None of the gun control groups’ websites refer to new issues or advertising campaigns prior to the last Senate race.

The lack of activity by the major gun control groups stands in stark contrast to gun rights activists’ strategy ahead of Election Day. The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund has poured more than $3 million into the television ad, digital advertising, media placement, mailer and text message race to support Herschel Walker (R.), the PAC’s filing show.

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The Supreme Court building in Washington, DC
The Supreme Court Building in Washington, DC / Stephen Gutowski

Poll: Majority agrees with Supreme Court ruling
By Stefan Gutowski

Americans like the Supreme Court’s recent expansion of Second Amendment protections.

A new Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows 64 percent support the ruling New York State Rifle and Pistol Association vs. Bruen. On the other hand, 35 percent opposed the decision.

The poll also revealed a sizeable enthusiasm gap. Thirty-six percent of respondents, the largest single proportion, said they strongly supported the court’s ruling. Only 16 percent firmly reject this.

The significant support for the court Brno Opinion to strike down New York’s restrictive gun-carrying law comes as soon as its effects are felt. It could signal that most Americans are comfortable with expanded gun rights protections, and that could undermine future efforts to overturn the Court’s landmark Second Amendment rulings.

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AR-15 and other rifles on display at a gun store
AR-15 and other rifles in a gun shop / Stephen Gutowski

Analysis: Everytown’s Uvalde lawsuit against gun companies and law enforcement is unlikely to win in court [Member Exclusive]
By Stefan Gutowski

One of the country’s most prominent gun control groups is trying to hold gun companies and the police responsible for the mass shooting in Uvalde.

Everytown Law is representing Sandra Torres, whose 10-year-old daughter was murdered during the attack, in her lawsuit against the manufacturer of the AR-15 used in the attack, the gun shop that sold it to the attacker, and countless other Uvalde law enforcement and school officials. Lawyers for the group allege that AR manufacturer Daniel Defense (DD) was negligent in promoting the weapon and dealer Oasis Outback was negligent in selling it to the attacker. They further allege that Uvalde officers and individual officers at the scene are responsible for their prolonged inactivity during the shooting.

“The Uvalde shooting was a terrible tragedy – and completely avoidable,” Eric Tirschwell, executive director of Everytown Law, said in a statement. “The massacre that killed Eliahna Torres and 20 others that day was not just the act of a violent, concerned young man armed with an assault rifle. There are multiple actors responsible for getting the gun into his possession and failing to protect the children he attacked. This lawsuit is designed to hold them accountable.”

But all of these allegations have already been tried in court in recent years, and none have resulted in an actual court victory.

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On a table is a pistol in a hybrid holster
A pistol in a hybrid holster lies on a table / Stephen Gutowski

Gun rights groups are suing the North Carolina sheriff over delays in permitting shipments
By Jake Fogleman

For the second time since 2021, gun rights groups are taking the sheriff of one of North Carolina’s most populous counties to court over delays in gun licensing.

Gun Owners of America (GOA) and Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) filed a new lawsuit Monday against Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden, D., in federal court. They accuse the sheriff’s office of exploiting the provisions of the state’s mental health permitting act to intentionally delay the issuance of concealed carry permits for months.

“Sheriff McFadden’s delay is wholly unnecessary, inappropriate and a premeditated act to deprive residents of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina of their right to bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution,” it says in the complaint.

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Colorado State Capitol.  Golden dome against a deep blue sky.
The Colorado Capitol Building / Photo by Paul Moody on Unsplash

Analysis: A Colorado gun-control push occurs [Member Exclusive]
By Jake Fogleman

After a deadly week of multiple mass shootings, gun policy changes once thought likely now seem inevitable.

Nowhere is that more true than in Colorado. Not only was the state the scene of one of last week’s high-profile shootings, but its political balance of power provides ample opportunity for legislation to be passed.

Over the past decade, Colorado has been one of only a handful of states where gun control advocates have made serious legislative progress. Armed with this latest success and backed by unprecedented Democratic majorities in the state legislature thanks to this month’s midterm elections, gun control advocates are in full swing with new proposals.

A group of 20 Democrats in the Colorado State House and Senate this week announced the formation of a formal Gun Violence Prevention Caucus. The new caucus has already garnered praise from gun control groups like Giffords and will be led by newly elected state senator Tom Sullivan (D.), who received more than $1 million from Everytown for Gun Safety during his campaign.

Members of the newly formed caucus have already begun unveiling some changes they would like to see in the wake of the Club Q shootout. Here’s a look at what will be on the table when the state legislature reconvenes in January.

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Outside The reload

Report: California Weapons Data Breach Was Unintentional | AP News | By AdamBeam

Six million Americans carried guns every day in 2019, double the number in 2015 | The Guardian | By Lois Beckett

Illinois Dems Target Assault Weapons and Mags, Age of Gun Ownership | Chicago Sun Times | By Tina Sfondeles and Frank Main

Second lawsuit against measure 114 days before effective date | Bearing Arms | By Cam Edwards

Minnesota Dems to reintroduce gun control legislation in January | KSTP5 | By JayKolls

Montana AG got UPS and FedEx working with Biden Admin to prosecute American gun owners | Washington Free Beacon | By Adam Kredo

Gun death toll high for nearly three decades, with men most at risk | Wall Street Journal | By Dominique Mosbergen

Black Friday gun sales were third-highest ever | Washington Examiner | By Paul Bedard

Maine Democrats set to take on Janet Mills in uphill gun control push Bangor Daily News | By David Marino Jr.


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