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'Intelligent' Background Checks Get Thumbs-Up From Trump

NRA opposition won't be an issue, president says

(Newser) - "This isn't a question of NRA, Republican or Democrat," President Trump said Friday in talking about passing gun-control legislation in response to the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. "We need intelligent background checks." Trump said Mitch McConnell now is "totally on board,... More »

A $6M Mansion for the NRA's CEO Was ... Whose Idea?

The NRA and its former ad agency tell conflicting stories

(Newser) - That NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre scoped out a $6 million Dallas mansion as a possible new residence isn't being contested. What is: Whose idea it was and where the money was going to come from. The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post are out with stories about the potential... More »

Reaction to New NRA Upheaval: 'Don't Let the Door Hit You'

3 board members resign, claiming group stymied their efforts to investigate alleged wrongdoing

(Newser) - The hits keep coming for the NRA. In recent months, the gun rights group has been accused of improper expenditures and eyebrow-raising payments to some board members, and in June it even shuttered its NRATV . Now Talking Points Memo reports that three board members are stepping down, claiming their efforts... More »

NRA Abruptly Shuts Down NRATV

Gun lobby to cut ties with ad firm, shutter live production on NRATV: 'NYT' report

(Newser) - It appears that the NRA's news outlet has aired its last live show. Based on interviews and internal documents, the New York Times reports the gun rights group is shuttering production on NRATV, operated by the Ackerman McQueen ad agency it's been battling with . "Many members expressed... More »

NRA Board Is Unpaid. But Money Still Flows to Members

'Washington Post' finds that 18 of 76 board members have been well paid for services

(Newser) - The NRA has been hit with a slew of negative headlines of late over internal fighting and exorbitant spending , and this probably won't help on either front. A Washington Post investigation finds that the group has been directing big-money payments to members of its own board. The newspaper reports... More »

Leaked Documents Add to Drama at NRA

They detail large spending on clothes and travel by chief exec Wayne LaPierre

(Newser) - The leadership drama at the NRA just got worse with leaked documents. Among other things, they detail large expenditures on clothing and travel by chief executive Wayne LaPierre, reports the Wall Street Journal . For instance, $39,000 for a single day of shopping at a clothing shop in Beverly Hills,... More »

Wayne LaPierre Fends Off NRA Backlash

He was re-elected as CEO despite internal strife

(Newser) - The National Rifle Association, facing internal turmoil over its financial management, increasingly partisan tone, and legal threats from government regulators, beat back efforts to overhaul its operations Monday. Wayne LaPierre, the public face of the gun lobbying group for decades, fended off a backlash and was re-appointed as the gun... More »

Trump Calls Investigation of NRA Finances Illegal

New York looks into tax-exempt status

(Newser) - The National Rifle Association is "under siege," President Trump said Monday in response to New York state's decision to investigate the organization's status as a tax-exempt nonprofit, the AP reports. The Republican president accused state Attorney General Letitia James and her fellow Democrat, Gov. Andrew Cuomo,... More »

Amid NRA's Rift, NY Announces Investigation

AG Letitia James says her office is investigating organization's finances

(Newser) - New York state's attorney general has begun an investigation into the finances of the National Rifle Association, reports the AP . "The Office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James has launched an investigation related to the National Rifle Association (NRA)," her rep said Saturday. "As... More »

Putin: 'It's an Outrage'

Russian leader speaks out against Maria Butina's prison sentence

(Newser) - One person isn't too thrilled with a Russian operative's prison sentence : Vladimir Putin. "It's an outrage," he said Saturday of Maria Butina's 18-month sentence, per the Guardian . "It's not clear what she was convicted of or what crime she committed. I think... More »

Oliver North: I'm Not Coming Back

The NRA's president says he won't seek a second term

(Newser) - Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North said Saturday that he will not serve a second term as the president of the National Rifle Association amid inner turmoil in the gun-rights group, the AP reports. In a statement read to members of the group Saturday, North said he believes a committee should... More »

NRA CEO Slams 'Offer I Couldn't Refuse' From NRA President

Wayne LaPierre says Oliver North is trying to extort him

(Newser) - Wayne LaPierre says he was recently made "an offer I couldn't refuse"—but "I refused it." Per the Wall Street Journal , the CEO and executive vice president of the National Rifle Association delivered a stunning letter to the NRA's board Thursday, one that revealed... More »

Trump Shows NRA He's Taking US Off Arms Trade Treaty

Obama signed the deal, but the Senate hasn't ratified it

(Newser) - President Trump told the NRA on Friday that the US will not support an international agreement that regulates the transfer of conventional weapons, including small arms, planes and ships. The UN effort was designed to prevent illicit arms transfers in violation of embargoes, the Washington Post reports. "We will... More »

NRA Sues Ad Agency Behind 'Cold, Dead Hands' Campaign

Gun group accuses longtime ad firm Ackerman McQueen over billing transparency

(Newser) - The National Rifle Association has sued its longtime advertising agency, accusing the company that has helped shape its Second Amendment advocacy of withholding crucial financial details in billing documents. The lawsuit filed Friday in Alexandria, Virginia, says Oklahoma City-based Ackerman McQueen is contractually bound to show backing paperwork on its... More »

NRA Magazine's 'Target Practice' Headline Sparks Furor

Headline was coupled with photo of Nancy Pelosi, Gabrielle Giffords

(Newser) - The headline reads "Target Practice," and the photo shows Nancy Pelosi, Gabrielle Giffords, and others. They appeared as part of an article in the March issue of the NRA's monthly magazine, American Rifleman, and the backlash has been fierce, the New York Times reports. The article is... More »

NRA: 'Anti-Gun' Doctors Should 'Stay in Their Lane'

The doctors are pushing back

(Newser) - The NRA apparently doesn't like doctors weighing in on gun violence and gun control. On Wednesday—just hours before news of the Thousand Oaks, Calif. , broke—the gun lobby nonprofit voiced its displeasure with the medical community's assessments via a reprimanding tweet, reports USA Today . "Someone should... More »

NRA: We're in Deep Trouble

The non-profit blames New York state for its losses

(Newser) - The NRA is crying foul in its legal battle with New York state and says it may have to close up shop, Rolling Stone reports. Battling New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's financial regulators since May, the NRA blames a state-championed "blacklisting campaign" for draining the... More »

Country Singer at Vegas Show Faults NRA

Eric Church: Nevada massacre 'wrecked' him, NRA lobbying ensures continued gun violence

(Newser) - For Eric Church, the year he left his 30s was rough. "Forty sucked," he said of his birthday last spring, which was followed by a life-threatening blood clot in his chest, emergency surgery to get rid of it, and then, a few months later, the massacre in Las... More »

Governor Angers Libs, Conservatives in Single Day

Mary Fallin vetoed one bill and signed another

(Newser) - With two swoops of a pen, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin managed to enrage liberals and conservatives on the same day. First off, the Republican signed a bill allowing faith-based groups to deny adoption placement to anyone who defies their beliefs, the Washington Post reports. Gay rights advocates say this will... More »

NRA's Next President Will Be Oliver North

Figure from the Iran-Contra affair is 'absolute best choice,' group announces

(Newser) - The NRA's next president will be a familiar name: Oliver North. The group said Monday that the retired Marine who figured prominently in the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s will assume the post in the next few weeks, reports CNN . “This is the most exciting news for our... More »

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