The Trump administration is being sued by a gun control group founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords for documents related to the National Rifle Association’s influence over the president’s gun views.
The Arizona Democrat’s organization, the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for failing to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests to turn over the administration’s correspondence with the NRA, according to the Huffington Post.
The organization was specifically looking for records concerning Trump administration policies on concealed carry reciprocity, gun silencers, bump stocks and assault weapon exports.
Giffords’ group also hoped to find evidence of improper lobbying by Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s eldest son, on behalf of gun manufacturing companies as well as contact between gun lobbying groups and senior administration officials after the Las Vegas mass shooting last month. The organization was seeking any proof that the NRA attempted to review bump stock regulations in coordination with the ATF.
The lawsuit, obtained by the Huffington Post, accused the Trump administration of following the NRA in “lockstep” following recent shootings and sought evidence that pro-gun lobbyists had influenced the ATF in pursuing “dangerous policies and to oppose common sense gun-violence-prevention measures.”
“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,” said Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Giffords Law Center. “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.”
Following the Las Vegas massacre, Giffords called on her former colleagues in Congress to take on the gun control issue as critics slammed her and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, for politicizing the mass shooting.
“The nation is counting on you,” she said, raising her fist to Capitol Hill behind her.
Giffords was shot in the head and seriously wounded in 2011 while she was serving as a Democratic congresswoman from Arizona.
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