July 22, 2014

As 113th Congress Begins, New Proposals for Gun Control

New gun control legislation topped the agenda of the 113th Congress as it took session on Thursday, with the introduction of a new bill in the House that would enact stricter gun laws, and the introduction of similar bills expected in the Senate.

Data: MapLight has conducted an analysis of campaign contributions to federal candidates in the 2012 election cycle made by the PACs and employees of two organizations that have traditionally fallen on either side of the gun control debate.

  • The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence gave a total of $4,518, 100% of which went to Democratic candidates.
  • The National Rifle Association gave a total of $1,012,687, 87% of which went to Republican candidates.
Donor Organization Candidate
Grand Total
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence House   $4,018 $4,018
  Senate $500   $500
Total:   $500 $4,018 $4,518
National Rifle Association House $9,300 $859,988 $869,288
  Senate $14,000 $121,049 $135,049
  President $8,350   $8,350
Total:   $31,650 $981,037 $1,012,687



A spreadsheet of this data can be found here.

Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to federal candidates during the 2012 election cycle based on latest available data from the FEC as of Dec. 30, 2012.

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