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NPR Obtains Tapes of NRA Discussions After Columbine

Top officials wrestle with whether to respond with defiance or sympathy

(Newser) - School shootings were relatively rare when the Columbine massacre unfolded in 1999, and NPR has obtained two-plus hours of recordings of NRA officials struggling to decide how to respond. The issue was especially dicey because the group's convention was due to take place days later just a few miles...

LaPierres Made Stools Out of Their Elephant Kills

'New Yorker' and Trace detail the under-wraps shipments from 2013 safari hunt

(Newser) - Earlier this year, the New Yorker and the Trace unearthed video of NRA exec Wayne LaPierre and wife Susan hunting elephants in Botswana back in 2013. Now comes a follow-up from both outlets on the logistics of what happened next—specifically, how the LaPierres wanted their kills preserved as trophies...

Former NRA Chief Tricked Into Addressing 'Lost Class'

He delivered commencement speech to chairs representing victims of gun violence

(Newser) - The words of former NRA president David Keene and gun rights activist John Lott echoed over a sea of empty white chairs at a stadium in Las Vegas earlier this month. The men, who thought they were rehearsing graduation speeches to deliver to students at the private online high school...

Judge Shoots Down NRA Bankruptcy
Judge Shoots Down
NRA Bankruptcy

Judge Shoots Down NRA Bankruptcy

He accuses 'solvent' group of trying to use filing to dodge New York lawsuit

(Newser) - The National Rifle Association's attempt to use bankruptcy to leave New York and reorganize in Texas was shot down by a federal judge in Dallas Tuesday. US Bankruptcy Judge Harlin Hale, ruling after a 12-day trial that concluded May 3, said the gun rights group's bankruptcy wasn't...

Video Emerges of 'Inept' Elephant Hunt by NRA's Chief

One critic calls shooting by Wayne LaPierre 'inept' and 'clumsy'

(Newser) - A video shot for an NRA-sponsored TV series was hidden from the world for nearly eight years—until now. The footage, obtained by the New Yorker and the Trace , shows CEO Wayne LaPierre and his wife, Susan, shooting two savanna elephants in Botswana in September 2013. (The elephants have since...

NRA's LaPierre on Hiding After Shootings: 'Thank God I'm Safe'

In deposition, Wayne LaPierre says he was in danger after school shootings, forcing him onto yacht

(Newser) - The National Rifle Association is trying to get a federal court in Texas to grant it bankruptcy protections, and so far, some "embarrassing details" have trickled out in various depositions, per the Washington Post . A new deposition filed over the weekend, however, revealed more than just the organization's...

On Its Way to Texas, NRA Files for Bankruptcy Protection

New York is seeking to break up the organization

(Newser) - The National Rifle Association asked a federal court for bankruptcy protection from its creditors on Friday, saying it plans to restructure as a nonprofit in Texas. The organization now is registered in New York, Reuters reports. In a statement, the NRA said it's leaving "a corrupt political and...

After Years of Denials, the NRA Fesses Up

Current and former executives have been abusing funds, the nonprofit says

(Newser) - Looks like NRA execs really have been taking from the cookie jar. After years of denials, the National Rifle Association now admits that current and former executives—including current CEO Wayne LaPierre—recklessly used NRA funds for their personal enrichment, the Washington Post reports. According to a 2019 tax filing,...

Former No. 2 at NRA Issues Scathing Critique

In new book, Joshua Powell backs red-flag laws and background checks

(Newser) - The NRA is more concerned with money than defending the Second Amendment and is run by an executive who's clueless—except for his ability to manipulate President Trump. That's the picture of the gun rights organization painted in a new book by Joshua Powell, the NRA's No....

Trump Has Advice for NRA After Big Lawsuit

Move to Texas, he suggests

(Newser) - As its future began to look even more litigious Thursday, President Trump had a suggestion for the National Rifle Association. "I think the NRA should move to Texas and lead a very good and beautiful life," he said. "And I've told them that for a long...

New York Sues to Dissolve the NRA
New York Sues 
to Dissolve the NRA

New York Sues to Dissolve the NRA

State attorney general Letitia James alleges widespread fraud

(Newser) - New York's attorney general filed a lawsuit Thursday that calls for the dissolution of the NRA. Letitia James sued the National Rifle Association, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over allegations that high-ranking executives diverted millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts...

Before Burying Sergeant, Chief Slams Senators, NRA

Houston's top cop blasts Cruz, Cornyn for stalling Violence Against Women Act

(Newser) - Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo laid into the National Rifle Association and Texas politicians Monday, minutes before he escorted the body of a slain officer from the medical examiner's office to a funeral home. Sgt. Christopher Brewster, 32, was shot Saturday after responding to a call about a domestic...

Russian Operative Heads Home
Butina's Next Stop: Russia

Butina's Next Stop: Russia

Russian operative will be deported after being freed from prison

(Newser) - Maria Butina, the Russian who pleaded guilty to conspiring to act as a clandestine foreign agent by making connections with the Trump administration, NRA, and other conservative heavy-hitters, has been freed from federal prison. She was turned over to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation Friday, NPR reports. Butina...

NYT: NRA Chief Told Trump to 'Stop the Games' on Gun Laws

NRA confirms meeting took place, denies Wayne LaPierre offered 'special arrangements' to Trump

(Newser) - A scathing Senate report claiming the National Rifle Association acted as a "foreign asset" for Russia wasn't the only headline the gun lobby group ended up in this week. The New York Times reports that NRA chief Wayne LaPierre met with President Trump on Friday at the White...

Senate Report Calls NRA a Russian Asset for Election

Democratic investigation finds group might have broken tax laws

(Newser) - A Democratic senator charges in a new report that the National Rifle Association acted as a "foreign asset" for Russia in the run-up to the 2016 election, and that NRA insiders provided access to the American political system to advance personal business interests. The report by Oregon Sen. Ron...

NRA Sues San Francisco Over 'Terrorist' Designation

'We will never stop fighting,' says Wayne LaPierre

(Newser) - The NRA is upping its fight against San Francisco's Board of Supervisors after the group labeled it a "domestic terrorist organization." A resolution passed Sept. 3 by the board—accusing the NRA of promoting "extremist positions" and inciting "acts of violence"—is intended "...

NRA Incensed Over Move by San Francisco

City's board of supervisors labels group a 'domestic terrorist organization'

(Newser) - The NRA has plenty of critics, but San Francisco's board of supervisors just one-upped them all. The board on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution labeling the gun rights group a "domestic terrorist organization," reports the BBC . The measure cites the recent mass shootings in the US—including...

'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,...

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...

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...

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