The NRA is handing out more political contributions in New York than in any other state in the nation.
The New York Daily News reports that the pro-gun group contributed $217,400 to candidates and political committees over the past nine years. Arizona was second over that time frame with just under $200,000.
The report says much of the money was given in an attempt to install legislators who would defeat a microstamping bill in the state. Indeed, the NRA gave $92,500 to the Republican Party in the weeks leading up to the 2010 elections, and the GOP then went on to take control of the Senate.
Microstamping would put identifying markers on the bottom of every bullet after it is fired. Opponents say microstamping is unreliable and easily manipulated by criminals, contradicting supporters' argument that it would be an excellent crime-fighting tool.
The NRA and other groups also fear that if it passes in New York, it would spread to other states, hence the financial push to make sure that it never passes in New York.
The GOP-controlled Senate failed to pass the bill again this year, and Democrats say the money from the NRA is one of the reasons.
“They are very organized,” microstamping Senate bill sponsor State Sen. Jose Peralta said.