Where Congress Stands on Guns
In the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy, Congress has considered new national gun control measures. We present where each member of Congress stands on guns. Related Interactive: What Happened to the Gun Bill? »
The Brady Campaign is an advocacy group that works to pass gun-control laws. The organization assigns lawmakers a “lifetime score” based on how they voted on gun-control measures. Below are the group’s most recent scores (from 2003).
The National Rifle Association is the nation’s largest organization devoted to defending gun rights. The group gives lawmakers an "A" through "F" letter grade based on voting records and public statements. Hover over each letter to see the grading criteria.
The NRA is considered to be one of the country’s most effective groups at motivating lawmakers to vote on a single issue. In the past few decades, the group has contributed millions of dollars to members of Congress. Below we've broken down NRA contributions to each lawmaker since 1990.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.) had proposed an amendment to expand background checks for gun buyers. The amendment won a majority of votes, 54-46, but failed to reach the 60 necessary to pass. Here we break down how senators voted.
The positions shown below are where senators stood on S. 649, a gun bill introduced by Harry Reid (D-Nev.), before he pulled it on April 18. They were reported by readers of ProPublica and The Washington Post. Reid said the Senate would "take a pause" and return to consideration of gun legislation at a later date.
NRA GRADE: A+
NRA GRADE: F
NO COMMENTLIKELY YES WILL VOTE YES