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Did Your Calif. Congress Person Receive Donations From the NRA? The Washington Post Crunched the Numbers

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    Did Your Calif. Congress Person Receive Donations From the NRA? The Washington Post Crunched the Numbers
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    The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history has prompted some to call on Congress to reform gun laws across the country, but changes will likely have to wait.

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday said, "we'll be talking about gun laws as time goes by."

    While the nation waits to see if changes are made to gun and gun safety regulations, The Washington Post poked around to see which U.S. Congress members have received donations from the National Rifle Association, which advocates for gun rights.

    The NRA has given $3,533,294 to current members of Congress since 1998, The Washington Post reported. Just under half (49) of the 100 U.S. senators in office and 258 of the 435 representatives in the House have accepted those donations.

    In the Golden State, 16 current members of Congress have received a combined $241,020 from the NRA, according to The Washington Post. Fifteen of those members are Republican.

    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other House Democrats on Wednesday are slated to honor the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas as well as press for "commonsense gun violence prevention legislation."

    Congressman Mike Thompson, who is the chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and is scheduled to attend Wednesday's event, is one of the California members of Congress who received donations from the NRA, according to The Washington Post. Thompson supports an individual's rights granted by the Second Amendment, according to his website. He also believes that "we have a responsibility to make our schools, streets and communities safe." 

    "We can do both, but Congress will need to step up," a statement on Thompson's website reads.

    NBC Bay Area has reached out to Thompson and other California members of Congress for comment.

    Below is a breakdown of members of Congress in California who have received donations from the NRA:

    1. Rep. Ken Calvert (R): $42,550

    2. Rep. Darrell Issa (R): $29,900

    3. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R): $24,850

    4. Rep. Devin Nunes (R): $22,950

    5. Rep. David Valadao (R): $19,400

    6. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R): $18,000

    7. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R): $15,450

    8. Rep. Tom McClintock (R): $13,950

    9. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R): $13,000

    10. Rep. Ed Royce (R): $11,970

    11. Rep. Susan Brooks (R): $6,000

    12. Rep. Paul Cook (R): $6,000

    13. Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R): $6,000

    14. Rep. Mike Thompson (D): $4,000

    15. Rep. Mimi Walters (R): $4,000

    16. Rep. Steve Knight (R): $3,000

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