NRA Starts New Group to Spread Pro-Gun Message

APRIL 15, 2004 - Posted at 6:18 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON, DC - The nation's gun lobby is creating an "NRA news" company that will produce a daily talk show for the Internet, buy a radio station and seek a television deal to spread its gun-rights message nationwide.

The executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, says the group hopes to "bring back the First Amendment."

LaPierre tells the Associated Press that campaign finance limits have put a gag on political speech.  He says you aren't free to say what you want unless you own the news operation.

The NRA says it has already hired its first reporter, a conservative talk radio host from Oklahoma. plans to start on-line broadcasts tomorrow (Friday).

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