It is true that Ms. Gillibrand was liked by the NRA when she was a Member of Congress from a rural upstate district. It even came out in the media that she slept in her Columbia County home with a gun under her bed....That story was quickly shelved when as the appointed successor to Hillary Clinton, Ms. Gillibrand had to answer to different masters in the Democratic hierarchy.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
I remember one time at a Watertown presser making a reference to the gun under the bed as a signal of upstate affinities by the new Senator. I got a quick elbow to the ribs from the prominent Democrat running the event. I never heard or read anything in the media again.
I understand people's positions evolve and events like Newtown do have a real impact, but the Senator's change was clearly an accomodation to her new political position and the possibility of a primary back in 2010. Remember at the time she had been a party to dissing Carolyn Kennedy and there was talk she would have a primary challenger.
Senator Gillibrand is as solidly established in her office as one could be. She's more popular now than the other US Senator.
Gillibrand’s political conversion — from NRA ally to gun-control advocate - NYPOST.com