The National Rifle Association (NRA) and other gun interest groups pushed a seemingly coordinated effort for looser gun laws at the state level this year. CREW and Giffords Law Center filed 35 public records requests for communications between gun interest groups and state legislators in California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, South Dakota, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.
In states that considered policies around arming teachers and allowing permitless carry, gun lobbyists and advocacy groups like the NRA may have had an outsized influence on policy making. The requested records should illuminate the legislative dynamics around those policies in these nine state governments, and the extent of lobbyist and advocacy group involvement. CREW filed 55 similar public records requests with Arizona, Wisconsin, Colorado, Idaho and Oregon in June, 2018.
Requests to State Legislators include:
Senate Rules Committee
J. Rogers Pope
John R McCoy
S. Marshall Wilson