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The National Rifle Association is not the only group taking aim at gun manufacturers who are working to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a lobbying group that includes gun makers and sellers, has urged lawmakers to pass legislation to require background checks on gun buyers and make it harder for criminals to buy guns.
The NRA has long supported stricter gun control, even as its membership has shrunk.
But it has also been pushing for more gun-control measures.
In a statement this week, the NRA said it was “confident” that Congress would act.
“We urge Congress to pass common sense background checks and gun safety measures that do not take away Americans’ Second Amendment rights,” the group said.
The groups statement said it hoped that lawmakers would consider measures that would strengthen gun laws that are already on the books.
“The NRA is prepared to fight for commonsense gun safety legislation and is committed to protecting and expanding Second Amendment freedoms,” it said.
But in the past week, a number of gun makers have said they may abandon plans to build or buy new factories in states where they have lobbied to pass tougher gun laws.
Among them is Sig Sauer, maker of the popular Sauer P226 semi-automatic pistol.
It said this week that it would be closing a factory in Ohio because of a “lack of government support.”
That leaves the two other gun makers with plants in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
“Sig Sauer has not made any decision to relocate any of its existing production in the states in which we operate,” said spokesman Joe Sottos.
Sottoms spokesman said the company is not planning to relocate its factories from its factories in Ohio.
He said the plant would continue to build parts and components for other Sauer factories.