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Major Gun Company Begins Asking Customers to Fight Obama's Proposed Reforms

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Strum, Ruger & Co. CEO Mike Fifer presents National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre with a jumbo-sized check in January 2012. (Screenshot from YouTube.)

As President Obama announces a set of reforms to deal with gun violence in America, the gun lobby is mobilizing to defeat it. The gun industry-controlled advocacy group, the National Rifle Association, has a new ad accusing the president of being of a "hypocrite" for having armed security for his own family.

Meanwhile, gun manufacturers like Strum, Ruger & Co. -- a Connecticut-based maker of rifles and pistols, and a major benefactor to the NRA, as I reported last month -- have stepped up to provide direct advocacy.

The New Hampshire Business Review reports today that Ruger is now asking its customers to contact lawmakers to fight reform. Ruger has launched an advocacy section of its website, which reads: "Given the forces assembling against us, merely relying upon lobbying efforts is insufficient. Law-abiding firearms owners must stand up and be heard."

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LEE FANG  Lee Fang is a  reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. He covers money in politics, conservative movements and lobbying. Lee's work has resulted in multiple calls for hearings in Congress and the (more...)
 
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