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Is your member of Congress a Lap Dog for the corporate gun lobby?

A Lap Dog is a member of Congress that takes treats from the corporate gun lobby AND blocks progress on expanding Brady background checks.

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Click on your state to see if your member of Congress is a Lap Dog for the corporate gun lobby.
Select your state to see if your member of Congress is a Lap Dog for the corporate gun lobby.
Select your state to see if your member of Congress is a Lap Dog for the corporate gun lobby.

What is a Lap Dog?

A Lap Dog is a member of Congress that takes treats from the corporate gun lobby AND blocks progress on expanding Brady background checks. The rating applies to members of the 114th Congress.

The Lap Dog label is based on two basic criteria:
1. Did you support legislative efforts to expand background checks on gun sales?
AND
2. Did you take money from the corporate gun lobby?

Senators are rated based on how they voted on the Murphy amendment legislation in June of 2016 that would have expanded background checks to all gun sales.

  • A “Thumbs Up” rating means the senator voted for the Murphy amendment.
  • A “Thumbs Down” rating means the senator voted against the Murphy amendment.

"N/A" indicates a senator who has a mixed voting record. This means they voted for a previous expanded background check compromise in December 2015, the Manchin-Toomey Amendment, but did not vote for the Murphy amendment.

House Representatives are rated based on whether or not they have signed on to co-sponsor pending legislation to expand Brady background checks. (H.R. 3411 or H.R. 1217, 114th Congress).

  • A “Thumbs Up” rating means the representative is a current co-sponsor on pending legislation to expand Brady background checks.
  • A “Thumbs Down” rating means the representative is not a current co-sponsor on pending legislation to expand Brady background checks.

The corporate gun lobby is defined to include: the National Rifle Association; the National Shooting Sports Foundation; Gun Owners of America; and other gun lobby groups. For a complete list, please see this page at OpenSecrets.org.

Total money contributions from the corporate gun lobby, dating back to 1990 for the 114th Congress, are based on a dollar sign ($) scale of one to five, and defined as the following:

1 dollar sign equals: $1.00 - $10,000.00
2 dollar signs equal: $10,001.00 - $50,000.00
3 dollar signs equal: $50,001.00 - $100,000.00
4 dollar signs equal: $100,001.00 - $200,000.00
5 dollar signs equal: $200,001.00 and above.

Sources:
For Murphy amendment vote.
For H.R. 3411 Co-Sponsors.
For H.R. 1217 Co-Sponsors.
For gun lobby contribution amounts.
(Accessed June 2016)

3 Ways You Can Expose Lap Dogs in Your State

Shame these Lap Dogs for begging for gun lobby treats.

Create Lap Dog-Labeled Items

  • Download a Lap Dog label here.
  • Print out one of the labels.
  • Take the label and tape it on dog food cans, bags, dog treat boxes, and other items.
  • Deliver the Lap Dog-labeled items to a Lap Dog’s district office or town hall event to show them you know they are a Lap Dog.
  • Capture video and photos of you making your Lap Dog delivery, share them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag: #NRALapDogs
  • Take selfies of you with the labels and items and share them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag: #NRALapDogs

Make your own Lap Dog

  • Download a Lap Dog body here.
  • Print out one of the supplied Lap Dog bodies.
  • Find a photo of your favorite Lap Dog in Congress and print it out.
  • Cut out the head of your Lap Dog in Congress and the dog body.
  • Paste the head on the dog body.
  • Take photos of your Lap Dog! Feed it treats and tweet it at the member of Congress to show them you know they're a Lap Dog!
  • Share your photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag: #NRALapDogs

Sign the Finish the Job petition

Tell these Lap Dogs in Congress to stop begging for treats from the corporate gun lobby and, instead, do the right thing to expand Brady background checks to all gun sales.

Watch advocate Kelley Byrdsong confront Lap Dogs in Congress. Sign the petition to tell these Lap Dogs to expand Brady background checks on all gun sales.

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