The Republican Party’s landslide victory in Tuesday’s midterms was a big victory for Second Amendment advocates, according to the National Rifle Association.
The NRA, which spent more than $25 million and endorsed 279 congressional candidates, said more than 90 percent of the candidates it supported were victorious, The Hill
“There’s no appetite for gun control in Washington,” NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said.
With Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell about to become the new Senate majority leader, the chamber will be led by someone “who is pro-Second Amendment, so it will be even more difficult to pass gun-control measures,” she added.
Gun-control advocates acknowledged that in the next Congress, it will become more difficult to pass legislation expanding background checks for gun sales.
In the wake of the midterms, "it looks even more apparent that it’s not going to be anytime soon," said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Gross added, however, that the Brady group would continue to fight for federal background-check legislation. "We’re not going anywhere until it passes," he said.
Gun-control advocates also say they won important victories. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg single-handedly outspent the NRA, providing $50 million to gun-control advocates through groups such as Everytown for Gun Safety, which said it won nearly 90 percent of the 82 congressional races it was involved in, The Hill reported.
Another gun-control group — Americans for Responsible Solutions — endorsed 16 congressional candidates. Slightly less than half of them won their races.
Gun-control groups say they are faring better at the state level, pointing to a Washington State ballot measure passed Tuesday requiring background checks on all guns sales.
The District of Columbia and seven states — California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Rhode Island and Washington — now require universal background checks
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