Backed by moms and money, gun-safety group expands its clout

Oct 24, 2015 2:54 PM by News Staff

A gun-control organization backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg that enlists mothers to speak out against gun violence is racking up some modest victories around the U.S.

Everytown for Gun Safety and its subsidiary, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, have helped push six states since 2013 to adopt more background checks on gun sales. They have also helped thwart legislation in several states that would make it easier to obtain firearms and carry them in more places.

Everytown has certain advantages over past gun-control groups, including more money and a well-organized network of active moms. Its goal is to become a counterweight to the gun lobby, led by the National Rifle Association.

The NRA concedes its new rival is well-financed but says its claims of success are overstated.

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