More than half of the U.S. Senate’s largest gunmakers are facing new regulations in the wake of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.
The gunmakers that have been among the biggest beneficiaries of the mass shooting have been the makers of rifles, pistols and shotguns, according to a report from the Institute for Legislative Action.
“The NRA and the rest of the gun industry are pushing to regulate everything from the ammo manufacturers to the safety standards for their guns, and they’re succeeding,” the group said in a statement Tuesday.
“But there are far too many regulations that don’t help their bottom line and that hurt the gun owners of this country.”
Among the biggest winners from the shooting is a company that makes semiautomatic rifles that the NRA said could be banned under the legislation the Senate passed last month.
The National Rifle Association is pushing for stricter gun laws and is encouraging Congress to pass a new bill that would ban semiauto rifles.
But the NRA is also working to protect its business, which has been booming in recent years due to new gun control laws, from these new restrictions.
In an email, NRA President Chris Cox told members last month that the group was not opposed to regulating the industry, but was opposed to the legislation that the Senate approved.
“We have a strong history of being very open about our industry and how it’s being regulated,” Cox said.
“I’m hopeful that the senators will continue to act with integrity and bipartisanship on this issue.”
While many of the most popular weapons in the U, such as assault rifles, are prohibited under the law, they are still used by a large number of law-abiding citizens, according the group.
More than 100,000 people died in the shooting, but a number of gunmakers have been able to skirt new regulations, including the makers that made the AR-15 and M16 assault rifles.
In October, a federal judge blocked the Justice Department from implementing new gun regulations until it could obtain court orders to block new regulations and that would have required gun owners to get a concealed-carry permit.
In a statement, the NRA urged lawmakers to pass the new bill, saying it would provide “more protection for the Second Amendment rights of law abiding gun owners.”
“As we move forward, we urge Congress to make sure our industry can continue to thrive,” the statement read.
“This is the only way we can keep guns out of the hands of criminals, the mentally ill, the dangerously unstable and other dangerous people.”