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A view of a .45 semi-auto handgun at the National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Convention on May 4, 2013 in Houston, Texas. The National Rifle Association opened its annual convention Friday in combative style, positioning itself as champion of American freedoms in the face of growing pressure for tougher gun laws. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

By Michael Dulman, Jack Torry
Washington Bureau

Rep. Tim Ryan is giving the campaign money — $20,000 — he’s received from the National Rifle Association to gun control groups.

Ryan, D-Niles, who began his career in Congress with an “A” rating from the NRA, decided to donate his NRA money to Sandy Hook Promise, Americans for Responsible Solutions and Everytown for Gun Safety.

The announcement came after a similar one from fellow Democrat Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota, who said he would donate $18,950 of his past NRA contributions to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.

Ryan, said a spokesman, “has no interest in taking guns from law-abiding citizens.” He has signed onto a House bill that would ban bump stocks, a device the Las Vegas shooter is believed to have used to make his semi-automatic weapons fire at an automatic rate.

“We applaud Congressman Ryan for his leadership and urge other Ohio state and federal representatives to follow suit and reject the NRA’s dangerous agenda,” said Michelle Mueller, a volunteer with the Ohio Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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