NRA: We've Signed Up 100K Since Sandy Hook

Group says it doesn't intend to bend on gun control

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 10, 2013 2:10 PM CST

(Newser) – The Sandy Hook shooting has been good for business for the NRA. In the last 18 days, the group has signed up more than 100,000 new members, it told Politico today. That bumped its overall membership from 4.1 million to 4.2 million. "Our goal is to get to 5 million before this debate is over," the group said. What's more, the powerful lobby says it doesn't expect much to come of its meeting with Joe Biden on ways to reduce gun violence.

"We are willing to talk," an official said. But he says the group is hearing from politicians and "real Americans all over the country that are hoping the NRA is not going to compromise on any of the principles of the Second Amendment." Biden, meanwhile, plans to hand over his recommendations to the president by Tuesday, reports the Washington Post. Universal background checks and restrictions on high-capacity magazines are expected to be among them.

Illinois gun owners and supporters file out NRA applications in this March 7, 2012, file photo.
Illinois gun owners and supporters file out NRA applications in this March 7, 2012, file photo.   (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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