With the focus on gun safety measures in the aftermath of the latest school shooting, U.S. Rep. John Katko has faced pressure from Democrats who believe he is a puppet for the gun lobby, specifically the National Rifle Association.
The NRA is the top gun rights group in the country. It has long defended the Second Amendment and opposes legislation they believe would infringe on the constitutional rights of gun owners.
One way the NRA advocates for pro-Second Amendment policies is by supporting candidates who share their views. Since he first ran for Congress in 2014, Katko, R-Camillus, has received the NRA’s support.
Katko has an A rating from the group. But more importantly, he’s received donations from the NRA’s political action committee.