The National Rifle Association calls state House and Senate Republican leaders' efforts to block employers from banning firearms in their parking lots a "perversion of the representative democracy." In a letter distributed to all 99 House members Thursday, the politically powerful gun rights group said it will grade lawmakers on whether they get behind efforts to bring the legislation to the legislative floor. Trying to put the bills on the floor will be "weighed more heavily in our grading process than a vote against the bill on the floor," NRA lobbyist Darren LaSorte said in the letter.

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