Republicans believe Thursday's Supreme Court ruling striking down Washington D.C.'s handgun ban has revived gun rights as a campaign issue, benefiting the GOP up and down the November ticket.
"The gun issue is not going away," said Tucker Bounds, a spokesman for Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the Republican presidential candidate. "We are going to drive it. We are going to keep talking about this issue."
Republicans will be aided by the National Rifle Association, which promises to do "everything" it can to hit Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama (Ill.) on the issue.