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“Our team swung into action,” Glaze said. “We sent an organizer; we arranged a press conference, got the police together; we got our grass roots going ... and the NRA suffered this humiliating defeat.”
The bill, which easily passed the Michigan House of Representatives in June, died in the Senate after lawmakers voted for an alternate measure that retained the criminal background checks.
A separate bill passed the state legislature the day before the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that would allow gun owners to receive eight additional hours of training to carry their weapons in formerly gun-free areas. Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed the bill Tuesday.
Bloomberg’s group does not focus on concealed-carry laws. Instead, it is fighting for background checks in all gun sales, including by private vendors, a new ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines and stronger penalties for those who buy guns on behalf of those who don’t have clean records.
Among the group’s newest members are the mayors of Raleigh, N.C.; Tucson, Ariz.; Oak Creek, Wis.; and Maryville, Tenn., the birthplace of NRA-endorsed GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander.
Pamela Gilbert, a consumer advocacy lobbyist with Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca LLP, said the groups would benefit from deeper coordination.
“Target and focus on the NRA as you would a corporate bad guy, not like another nonprofit or another policy group,” she said.