National Rifle Association (NRA) lobbyist Bob Welch told Wisconsin’s NRA State Association over the weekend that the NRA will have to wait until the “Connecticut effect” has gone away before the NRA can weaken gun laws (audio below).
According to ThinkProgress.org, Welch was a Republican state senator before becoming a lobbyist for the gun industry.
“We have a strong agenda coming up for next year, but of course a lot of that’s going to be delayed as the ‘Connecticut effect’ has to go through the process,” said Welch. "What’s even more telling is the people who don’t like guns pretty much realize that they can’t do a thing unless they talk to us.
"After Connecticut I had one of the leading Democrats in the legislature, he was with us most of the time, not all the time, he came to me and said, 'Bob, I got all these people in my caucus that really want to ban guns and do all this bad stuff, we gotta give them something. How about we close this gun show loophole? Wouldn’t that be good?' And I said, 'No, we’re not going to do that.' And so far, nothing’s happened on that."
According to the Washington Post, the NRA spent $32 million last year in an effort to weaken the nation’s gun laws, including $6 million on lobbyists. That being said, ThinkProgress.org reports that the NRA has a record when it comes to actual elections.