Tag Archives: NRA

Parkland’s Legacy: New Gun Laws, More Shooter Drills

The New York Times reports: State legislatures, both Republican- and Democratic-controlled, passed 76 gun control laws in the past year — from bans on bump stocks and caps on magazine sizes to new minimum-age requirements and expanded background checks. Among the victories for gun control advocates was an omnibus bill in Florida that raised the minimum age to purchase a …

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Dems Demand NRA Docs In Illegal Donations Probe

The Trace reports: A joint congressional inquiry is demanding that National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre hand over internal documents showing whether the NRA made “illegal, excessive, and unreported in-kind donations” to the campaigns of Donald Trump and several GOP Senate candidates. The probe, led by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, and Rep. Jamie Raskin, Democrat …

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NRA Ridicules Hearing On “So-Called Gun Violence”

“This hearing on so-called gun violence, which is a sham of a word anyway, is getting underway here in Washington. There you see Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York who will chair this Judiciary Committee. A frightening thing to see a Democrat, especially one like Nadler, in charge of the Judiciary Committee in the United States Congress. But that’s the …

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Email Shows Former NRA Head Sought Putin Meeting

The Daily Beast reports: A former NRA president hoped to win access to Vladimir Putin on a trip to Moscow, according to an email from one of the trip’s organizers. That organizer, Republican operative Paul Erickson, also said the trip could have “enormous diplomatic consequences.” The email, sent in November 2015 and reviewed by The Daily Beast, came just months …

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REPORT: Mueller Probes Trump Campaign’s Ties To NRA

CNN reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has expressed interest in the Trump campaign’s relationship with the National Rifle Association during the 2016 campaign. “When I was interviewed by the special counsel’s office, I was asked about the Trump campaign and our dealings with the NRA,” Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide, told CNN. The special counsel’s team was …

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REPORT: Kremlin Greenlighted Infiltration Of NRA

The Daily Beast reports: The Kremlin has long denied that it had anything to do with the infiltration of the NRA and the broader American conservative movement. A U.S. intelligence report reviewed by The Daily Beast tells a different story. Alexander Torshin, the Russian central bank official who spent years aggressively courting NRA leaders, briefed the Kremlin on his efforts …

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NRA And GOP Illegally Coordinated On Senate Races

The Trace reports: The National Rifle Association appears to have illegally coordinated its political advertising with Republican candidates in at least three recent high-profile Senate races, according to Federal Communications Commission records. In Senate races in Missouri and Montana in 2018, and North Carolina in 2016, the gun group’s advertising blitzes on behalf of GOP candidates Josh Hawley, Matt Rosendale, …

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4 Million US Students Experienced Lockdowns Last Year

The Daily Beast reports: More than 4 million children endured school lockdowns last year, according to a Washington Post report based on a review of news stories and data from school districts in 31 of the country’s largest cities. Experiencing a lockdown can be extremely traumatizing for children, with some soiling themselves and writing what they believe to be their …

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NRA Spox: Trump Should Shut Down The Government, Shut Down The Border, Challenge Dems To Stop Him

“I would love to see the president – and I think the president could do this – he could just go ahead and shut down the border, and then shut down the government, and then challenge Democrats to do something about it. For those Republicans in congress who refuse to stand on their own, perhaps they would need a little …

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DOJ To Ban Bump Stocks After Las Vegas Massacre

The Wall Street Journal reports: The Justice Department is effectively banning rapid-fire bump stock devices, like the ones used in last year’s Las Vegas massacre, making them illegal to own or sell and likely setting the stage for long legal battles with gun owners and manufacturers. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker signed and submitted a regulation prohibiting the firearm accessory …

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Prosecutors Fear For Safety Of NRA-Linked Russian Spy

Bloomberg News reports: The U.S. government fears for the safety of Maria Butina, the 30-year-old Russian who’s cooperating with U.S. prosecutors after admitting she failed to register as a foreign agent, according to a court filing. “Although the fact of defendant Butina’s cooperation is now public, the details of her transportation to and from the jail are not,” Justice Department …

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NRA Money Beg: Buy A Membership Today Because Some Soldiers Won’t Be Home For Christmas [VIDEO]

Media Matters reports: The National Rifle Association is encouraging people to buy its membership by playing on the fact that service members will be away from their families during the holidays. In the two-minute spot released on December 12, NRA President Oliver North points out, “As we gather with loved ones this holiday season, tens of thousands of American soldiers, …

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NRA-Linked Russian Spy Pleads Guilty Of Conspiracy

Talking Points Memo reports: Accused Russian agent Maria Butina pleaded guilty in a Washington, D.C. federal courtroom today to a conspiracy charge, according to reports from the courthouse. CNN reported that Butina admitted at the plea hearing to “knowingly engaging in conspiracy against the United States.” Butina ran much of her infiltration campaign while studying at a master’s program at …

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Russia Accuses US Of Torturing NRA-Linked Spy

CNN reports: The Russian government claims that Maria Butina, the accused Russian spy who had cultivated connections with the National Rifle Association before the 2016 US election, was “tortured” while in US custody. In an exclusive interview with CNN Wednesday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova alleged that Butina was treated to a “medieval inquisition” while in detention and said …

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Putin: None Of My Spies Have Heard Of Maria Butina

The New York Post reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday claimed none of his intelligence chiefs knows “anything about” alleged Russian spy Maria Butina. The 30-year-old grad student is expected to plead guilty Wednesday to conspiracy for working with a GOP operative and a Russian official to establish unofficial lines of communication between US politicians and the Kremlin. But …

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NRA-Linked Russian Spy Agrees To Plea Deal, Faces Five Years In Prison Depending On Her Level Of Cooperation

ABC News reports: Maria Butina, a 30-year-old Russian gun rights activist who stands accused developing a covert influence operation in the United States, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and cooperate with federal, state and local authorities in any ongoing investigations. She admits, as part of the deal, according to a copy obtained by ABC News that is expected …

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Financially Strapped NRA Drops Dan Bongino’s Show

The Daily Beast reports: The National Rifle Association’s media arm has dropped pro-Trump firebrand Dan Bongino from its lineup of conservative commentators, two sources with knowledge of the decision told The Daily Beast. Bongino’s stand-alone show, “We Stand,” had started only last year. An NRA spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. Bongino initially did not respond to …

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FEC Complaint Accuses NRA Of Illegally Coordinating $25M 2016 Election Spending With Trump Campaign

Bloomberg reports: Donald Trump’s presidential campaign may have illegally coordinated with the National Rifle Association in the final weeks of the 2016 presidential election, two watchdog groups said in a complaint filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission. The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action and its political action committee, the NRA Political Victory Fund, placed $25 million worth of television …

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NRA-Linked Russian Spy Changes Plea To Guilty

Talking Points Memo reports: Prosecutors and Maria Butina — a Russian national who’s been accused of being an unregistered foreign agent — requested Monday that a judge schedule a hearing this week so that Butina can change her plea. The filing was a suggestion that Butina and prosecutors may have reached a plea deal in the case. Butina had pleaded …

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Dems To Push Background Check For All Gun Sales

Mother Jones reports: House Democrats plan to prioritize a bill that will require a background check for every gun sale, according to multiple sources close to the matter. The legislation represents an aggressive shift in strategy by Democrats and their gun reform allies, who in previous years had tended to pursue more modest background check bills that would have exempted …

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