The National Rifle Association has gained 100,000 new members in the past 18 days.
CONFIRMED: Big spike in paid memberships
An NRA spokesperson revealed the spike to Politico as the organization prepared for its meeting with Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday. Biden is heading a task force on gun violence that will develop a broad set of recommendations for President Obama to propose to Congress. The NRA now has 4.2 million members and hopes to reach 5 million before the gun debate concludes, the Philadelphia Daily News reported. (Read more about the Biden-NRA meeting here.)
The NRA source said the organization will discuss any “reasonable proposals and plans” with Biden but will not compromise on Second Amendment rights. (Read the NRA’s official statement following the Newtown school shooting here.)
Membership in the NRA is $25, and comes with a choice of three gifts: Rosewood Handle Knife, Black & Gold Duffel Bag or Digital Camo Duffel Bag.
Biden on Wednesday said the Obama administration is weighing an executive order restricting gun-owner rights – without congressional input, USA Today, Newsmax.com, the Huffington Post and other media outlets are reporting.
“Bypassing Congress to implement radical policies is never acceptable,” Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., told Newsmax.
Sweeping rewrite of New York gun laws
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for an overhaul of the Empire State’s gun laws in his State of the State address Wednesday.
“No one hunts with an assault rifle. No one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer. And too many innocent people have died already,” Cuomo, a gun owner said. “End the madness now!” (Click here for more on Cuomo’s proposals.)
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