A gun control group founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., is suing the Trump administration for failing to disclose documents revealing the National Rifle Association’s influence on Trump’s views towards gun policies.
The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives earlier this week, accusing the ATF of failing to comply to various Freedom of Information Act requests for documents concerning communications between the NRA and the administration.
Giffords’ organization is seeking records concerning Trump administration policies on concealed carry "reciprocity," gun silencers, "bump stock" gun attachments, and assault weapon exports. They are also seeking evidence that Donald Trump Jr., President Trump's eldest son, improperly lobbied for gun manufacturing companies, contact between gun lobbying groups and administration officials after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, and any effort from the NRA to review bump stock regulations alongside the ATF.
An ATF document was leaked in February that disclosed a top ATF official pushed a series of proposals the NRA backed. Additionally, the NRA contributed $1 million to assist the confirmation of Trump nominee Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Likewise, NBC obtained talking points from the White House that had been circulating regarding the deadly Las Vegas mass shooting. They share similarities with the NRA’s talking points.
“The Trump administration appears willing to let the National Rifle Association dictate its federal gun safety policy, which includes remaining silent on how to stem our nation’s gun violence epidemic,” said Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Giffords Law Center, according to the Huffington Post. “Protecting the safety of Americans should be the top priority of any president. Unfortunately, gun lobby profits seem to be more important to President Trump.”