The National Rifle Associations says its membership has grown by 250,000 in the month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, and more people sign up all the time when they hear news about President Barack Obama's looming gun control report.
Obama is scheduled to release Vice President Joe Biden's recommendations on curbing gun violence today, but the NRA told U.S. News and World Report
its membership ranks have swollen drastically in just the past week.
While Politico reported five days ago membership grew by more than 100,000, the NRA said the number went up even more from that point. The NRA has more than 4.25 million members, a number that fluctuates as memberships expire but new members join up.
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“I would say that every time President Obama opens his mouth and Sen. [Dianne] Feinstein opens her mouth and they talk about gun bans and restricting the rights of law abiding Americans, people pay attention to that and sign up," NRA Public Affairs Director Andrew Arulanandam said.
Obama is expected to announce both legislative proposals and executive orders for gun control. Biden has met with advocacy groups on both sides of the issue in the weeks following the Newtown, Conn., shootings, and says his committee is discussing restrictions on high-capacity bullet magazines, a national gun sale database, and covering a gun show loophole that allows unlicensed dealers to sell firearms to customers without performing background checks.
The NRA says its meeting with Biden was disappointing, because it had little to do with keeping children safe, but was more about “an agenda to attack the Second Amendment.”
It claimed the task force spent most of its time discussing restrictions for legal firearms owners, “honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans.”
NRA membership costs $35 for one year, $60 for two years, or members can join for life for $1,000, which is made easier through a payment schedule. In return, members get an official NRA cap, a membership card and invitations to NRA-only events. The NRA is considered one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington D.C.
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