But it has also repelled many old Democratic allies and raised the hackles of liberal activists, which will make it harder for moderates to work with the NRA in the future and pave the way for new gun control laws in blue states.
(PHOTOS: NRA annual meeting)
Fueling the shift is a Democratic Party that has become more liberal on guns. President Barack Obama, emboldened by his reelection, is less afraid to tackle the issue than a generation chastened by losing the House after the assault weapons ban in 1994. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending money against Democrats in primaries who oppose gun control. And the party has fewer members from southern states and rural districts.
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