In March, the National Rifle Association (NRA) held its annual convention in Philadelphia.
The NRA was one of many organizations that spoke at the convention.
And at the time, it was a particularly notable moment in the ongoing fight over gun control.
On the one hand, it seemed as if a pro-gun group had emerged as the main opposition to the newly enacted National Rifle Act (NAA).
The NRA had been vocal about its opposition to a handful of pieces of legislation passed in Congress in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
It had also pushed to pass a law that would allow the government to impose mandatory background checks on gun buyers and sellers.
But in recent weeks, the NRA has taken an increasingly aggressive stance against gun rights, accusing lawmakers of being “stupid” and “deceptive” about the need for stricter gun control laws.
In April, the group announced that it was filing a lawsuit against the New York state attorney general, demanding that he block the state from expanding background checks to private gun sales.
“We are not trying to stop guns from being sold, but we are trying to ensure that they are not being sold to the wrong people,” said Dana Loesch, the executive director of the gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety.
The suit filed by the NRA seeks to block the expansion of background checks, arguing that the legislation violates the Second Amendment, which says that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
In a statement on its website, the gun lobby argued that the NAA “would impose additional burdens on law-abiding gun owners” by “reducing the amount of time, resources and paperwork required for a firearm transaction and placing even more burdens on states and the private sector.”
But Loescher said that she had heard no evidence to support that assertion.
“NRA is an organization that’s been pushing hard for the last decade to get more gun laws, and the truth is, there’s no evidence that’s what they’re pushing for,” she said.
“There is a lot of smoke, there is a little bit of fire, and it doesn’t seem to be a good sign for the NRA.”
The NRA has been at the forefront of pushing back against new gun laws in recent years.
In January, the organization launched a series of social media campaigns urging people to sign an online petition urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that would expand background checks for all private sales.
But the NRA did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
In May, the president of the NRA-ILA, Chuck Canterbury, announced that the organization would be stepping down after 20 years in the position.
In a blog post, Canterbury defended the organization’s stance, saying that “there’s a difference between advocacy and lobbying.”
He also said that the NRA had “been fighting tooth and nail for gun control since the days of the Second World War,” but had “failed to act on the threat posed by a growing gun industry.”
The organization has also fought against bills that would make it easier for gun sellers to conduct background checks.
“The NRA has fought tooth and nail to make sure that every gun transaction in America has to go through a background check,” Canterbury wrote.
In March of this year, the Associated Press reported that the group had lost at least five federal lawsuits in the last two years over its attempts to block certain gun legislation.
The organization had previously sued the Obama administration over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and was fighting against gun restrictions in California.
It also sued to block new restrictions on ammunition magazines and assault weapons.
In recent weeks the NRA also appeared to be changing its stance on the proposed ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.
In late March, NRA leaders announced that they would be introducing new proposals to reinstate the assault weapons ban, arguing in a blog posting that it would have “no impact” on gun sales, even though it had previously been a primary concern for the organization.
The group has also been pushing back at efforts to expand background check requirements to private sales of guns, arguing the measure would have no impact on private sales and would lead to more gun-related violence.
In the latest filing, the New England Coalition for Gun Responsibility (NEGGR), a gun-rights advocacy group, asked the NRA for an extension of its ban on private firearm sales to include private sales for all purposes.
“It is critical that the New Hampshire NRA continue to be on the front lines of gun violence prevention and the public’s support for commonsense gun reform,” the letter reads.
But a spokesperson for the group told Mother Jones that the request is “not currently an issue.”
“We have received no requests from NRA to extend the ban,” the spokesperson said.
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