NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox`s Message on H.R. 5175

Campaign Finance "Reform"

I received your email regarding the NRA`s position on H.R. 5175, the "DISCLOSE Act". Regrettably, our position has been misstated by some and intentionally misrepresented by others.

The U.S. Supreme Court`s Citizens United decision was a significant victory for free speech and the Constitution. The NRA filed a strong brief in that case, which the Court specifically cited several times in its opinion. The DISCLOSE Act is an attempt to reverse that victory and that`s why we told Congress we oppose it.

The NRA didn`t "sell out" to Nancy Pelosi or anyone else. We have never supported–nor would we ever support–any version of this bill. Those who suggest otherwise are wrong.
The restrictions in this bill should not apply to anyone or to any organization. My job is to ensure they don`t apply to the NRA and our members.

Without the NRA, the Second Amendment will be lost. This is a fight for political speech and we believe that any restriction is repugnant. But some believe we should put the Second Amendment at risk over a First Amendment principle to protect other organizations. That`s easy to say–unless you have a sworn duty to protect the Second Amendment above all else, as I do.

The NRA is a single-issue organization made up of millions of individual members dedicated to protecting the Second Amendment. We do not represent the interests of other organizations. Nor do all groups fight all issues together. For example, we didn`t support the U.S. Chamber of Commerce when it supported amnesty for tens of millions of illegal aliens or President Obama`s economic stimulus bill.

Rather than focusing on opposing this bill, some have chosen to focus their efforts on criticizing the NRA. Several of these critics have encouraged people to blame the NRA for this unconstitutional attack on free speech. That`s a shame. If you oppose this bill, I would encourage you to contact your Member of Congress and let them know.