The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been pushing to overturn state gun laws since 2011, when a handful of states passed “stand your ground” laws to prevent people from using guns in self-defense.
ALEC’s agenda has been to craft “stand-your-ground” bills that allow law enforcement officers to use deadly force against anyone who threatens their life or property in the process of defending themselves or others.
The gun-control bills were introduced in dozens of states, but they’ve only recently been making their way through the legislature.
Last month, Florida voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposed stand-your/stand-off measure that would have prohibited law enforcement from using deadly force in the line of duty if someone threatened to kill them.
That measure was introduced by state Representative Richard Corcoran (R), who is a member of ALEC’s steering committee.
Corcora says the “stand my ground” measures are “very popular,” but “we’re going to be in an uphill battle.”
“It’s important for our people to know what our goals are,” Corcorac said.
“We are not going to get to this level of support if people think we’re going against gun owners and we’re not going after the criminals.”
Corcoras measure would have required people to get a court order to use force if they reasonably believed they were in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm.
“It was the best we could do,” CorCorac said of the bill, but “I’m a big proponent of the right to bear arms, and I’m not going anywhere.”
CorCORA has introduced a bill in the House that would ban the use of guns in cases of “exceptional self-defence” and require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before using deadly physical force.
CorCORa is not the only one who wants to overturn gun laws.
In March, the National Rifle Association, the nation’s largest gun rights group, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a lobbying group for the firearms industry, teamed up to draft an ALEC-sponsored bill that would make it a felony for police officers to shoot people when they have a valid concealed carry permit.
“You know, it’s not a big deal for us,” NRA executive director Chris Cox said at the time.
“This is a good, old fashioned, old-fashioned state-by-state, local initiative.
But it’s a pretty good idea.”
The bill has already passed the state senate.
CorCoras bill is not a perfect compromise.
Correa says the NRA has “no interest in working with us,” and it is “not in our interests to have a gun bill” passed in Florida.
“There is no good way to reconcile this,” Correa said.
The NRA also opposes Corcorans bill.
“If you want to get rid of the stand- your-ground laws, you’ve got to get over the NRA,” NRA spokesman Brian Levin said in a statement.
“Gun control is an issue that is not going away.
This is just another step in the effort to get guns off the street.”
The NRA has also called for states to require gun owners to register their guns with local authorities before they can openly carry them in public.
“The NRA does not support a state-level stand-one-to-one registration scheme,” Levin said.
Corbett has long opposed such a plan, saying in 2012 that he would have been against “gun control in any form.”
Corbett said last month that his position has changed after he met with the NRA.
“I’ve talked to them, I’ve talked with our members, and they’re really supportive,” Corbett told The Atlantic’s Emily Bazelon.
“And so I’m really happy to hear what they have to say about this.”