WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of President Barack Obama's gun-control proposals are planning a methodical, state-by-state campaign to convince key lawmakers that it's in their political interest to back the effort.
But it will require overturning two decades of conventional wisdom that gun control is bad politics. And the National Rifle Association seems confident it won't work.
Fifty or so gun-control groups, labor unions and others are working together to go after lawmakers — including moderate Democrats in the Senate and House Republicans in districts won by Obama. These lawmakers will be lobbied by constituents to support Obama's plans.
The NRA, in turn, is activating its base of supporters to oppose the Obama proposals.