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Dwarfed (but not cowed) by the NRA, upstart gun group takes on Sen. Tom Coburn Published: April 4, 2013

Gun Owners of America, a pro-gun lobbying group, has grown in influence, reports the New York Times.

When word surfaced in February that Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, was plotting with Democrats on a bill to expand background checks for gun buyers, Larry Pratt got really mad.

Then, Mr. Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, got busy, mounting a lobbying blitz.

It wasn’t long until Mr. Coburn, a gun rights advocate, had backed away from negotiations with Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, securing at least a temporary victory for gun rights activists and frustrating advocates of new gun safety laws.

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