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Once an NRA Democrat, Ryan Blames the Group for Blocking Even Modest Gun Reforms

Congressman Tim Ryan parted with the NRA after the Sandy Hook shootings. Last fall's shootings in Law Vegas led him to donate NRA contributions to gun control groups.

Northeast Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan says he’s not hopeful that Congress will make meaningful changes in gun laws -- and has more faith that actions by private business will bring about reforms. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the congressman who once had the support of the NRA.

Ryan maintains the NRA continues to block what he calls even modest changes such as universal background-checks and raising the minimum age to buy assault weapons.

Ryan praised the announcement by Dick’s Sporting Goods that it will discontinue the sale of assault-style weapons.

“When you’re seeing what Dicks is doing and others who are taking these steps in the market to say we don’t want our fingerprints on it. These  companies, they don’t want their fingerprints on it.” 

Ryan also wrote a letter to Delta Airlines inviting it to move its headquarters to Ohio – after Georgia lawmakers threatened a company tax break when the airline cut ties with the NRA.

Ryan, who once had an A rating from the NRA, began separating himself from the group after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. Last year, he gave gun control groups $20,000 in contributions he’d gotten over the years from the NRA.

M.L. Schultze is a freelance journalist. She spent 25 years at The Repository in Canton where she was managing editor for nearly a decade, then served as WKSU's news director and digital editor until her retirement.