The Washington Times - January 27, 2013, 06:19PM

National Rifle Association officials are ready to counter “bogus” surveys about the group’s membership.

“Gun control advocates including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as various media outlets, have released data claiming to represent the views of NRA members, despite the fact that none of those surveys had access to the NRA’s membership list,” the organization says.


They have conducted their own survey of 1,000 randomly-selected NRA members across the country, declaring it the only “legitimate” research on pivotal issues.

“Mayor Bloomberg’s claims that gun owners are divided are totally false. It is nothing more than an attempt by anti-gun activists to further their long-standing political agenda,” says Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

“American gun owners and Second Amendment supporters are ready for Washington to put politics aside and come together to fix our broken mental health system,” Mr. Cox adds.

Here’s what the NRA members said:

93 percent oppose a law requiring gun owners to register with the federal government.

92 percent oppose gun confiscation via mandatory buy-back laws.

92 percent oppose a federal law banning the sale of firearms between private citizens.

91 percent of support laws keeping firearms away from the mentally ill.

89 percent oppose banning semi-automatic firearms, often “mistakenly called assault rifles.”

82 percent approve of the idea of “qualified armed security professionals in every school.”

79 percent agree that President Obama’s “balanced approach” to guns means regulations that “will take away our 2nd Amendment rights.”

72 percent say that Mr. Obama’s “ultimate goal is the confiscation of many firearms that are currently legal.”

Source: A National Rifle Assoc. poll of 1,000 of its members conducted Jan. 13-14 and released Friday.