Gun Control Group Will Give Congress Members Letter Grades on Gun Policies

April 9, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said on April 9 that they will grade members of Congress on their record on gun control policies.

“For too long, the only voice that has been loud enough to influence Congress has been the Washington gun lobby’s – that’s how we’ve ended up with ineffective gun laws that have fueled our country’s gun violence epidemic,” said Bloomberg in a statement.

The organization will use information including voting records, bill sponsorships, and public statements in the letter grade assignments.

Votes on the following issues are part of what will be included:

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System;

-State authority to establish permitting standards for concealed carrying;

-Assault weapons

-High-capacity ammunition magazines;

-A federal gun trafficking law; and

-The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, its programs, its legal authority, its resources, and the confirmation of its director.

Senators and representatives will receive a letter this week from the group, outlining what the politicians will be graded on.

The group also released a new ad featuring Neil Heslin, whose son Jesse Lewis was killed in the infamous shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

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