NYT Finding Determines 100+ GOP Candidates and Groups Featured Guns as a Talking Point in 2022 Campaign Ads

 As of this year, 25 states have implemented constitutional carry laws.

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More than 100 TV ads from Republican candidates and conservative-aligned groups showed or used guns as a talking point this year, according to a recent finding from The New York Times. In comparison, fewer than two dozen ads from Democratic candidates and their groups touched on guns or gun violence.

Across GOP midterm ads, guns are fired, brandished, and discussed. Candidates also frequently praise the Second Amendment and say they will work to stop gun reform legislation. The imbalance between the two parties’ ads highlights the divide on the issue, especially as the U.S. reels from the May 24 mass shooting at a Texas elementary school.

As of this year, 25 states have implemented constitutional carry laws, allowing state residents who can legally possess a firearm to own and carry one without a permit.