The Lap Dog label is based on two basic criteria:
1. Did you support legislative efforts to expand background checks on gun sales?
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
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.
For Murphy amendment vote.
For H.R. 3411 Co-Sponsors.
For H.R. 1217 Co-Sponsors.
For gun lobby contribution amounts.
(Accessed June 2016)