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Which Georgia lawmaker benefited most from gun groups? The answer may surprise you


The Senate's vote to turn back a quartet of gun control measures yesterday afternoon, a week after the June 12 massacre left 49 dead, has brought renewed attention to the groups that advocate on both sides of the firearms debate.

We analyzed that money that's flowed into Georgia from both gun rights and gun control groups since President Barack Obama took office in 2009. Perhaps unsurprisingly, gun rights groups dominated the money race, and the grand total they've spent backing their political allies and opposing their foes may be higher than you think. 

But even more interesting is which Georgia lawmakers have received the most money and attention from gun rights groups over the years.

Democrat Michelle Nunn earned the distinction of being at the opposing end of more than $1.65 million worth of attack ads and other independent expenditures from gun groups such as the NRA during her Senate bid in 2014, according to our analysis. But the lawmaker who saw the most direct money of support from firearms advocacy groups is probably not who you think: a Democrat.

Find out who that was here.


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Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that impact Georgia.