Gun-friendly Arizona has drawn relatively small amounts of National Rifle Association political spending in the last year.

Whether that changes as lobbyists in Congress and state legislatures across the country prepare for a fight over gun control is a question some are pondering.

Download as MP3

The NRA spent about $37,000 on one U.S. Senate and six congressional candidates and $2,722 in eight Arizona legislative races last year, according to campaign finance statistics.

The Arizona secretary of state's office reports that the only Southern Arizona candidates to receive NRA donations were Rep. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, and former state Sen. Frank Antenori, R-Vail.

Gowan received $424 and Antenori was given $250. Both donations came before the primary election last summer.

In Arizona’s federal races, the NRA gave its largest contribution to Republican Jeff Flake, who won the race for U.S. Senate. Federal Election Commission information shows Flake received $20,654 in direct mail and telephone support. His campaign also received a $4,950 direct contribution.

Second Congressional District candidate Martha McSally, a Tucson Republican, received $2,598 in direct mail help from the NRA and a $1,000 donation.

Others in Arizona receiving NRA contributions include the campaign of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, who received $3,641 in direct mail help and two cash contributions totaling $2,000.

Republican Jesse Kelly’s campaign to fill out the term of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords received $2,500 from the NRA and similar contributions were made to congressional campaigns for Vernon Parker and Matt Salmon.