Categories for NRA

28,802. 9/27/2019

LEGISLATION/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump met in the White House on Friday [9-27-19] with Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association, and discussed prospective gun legislation and whether the N.R.A. could provide support for the president as he faces impeachment and a more difficult re-election campaign, according to two people familiar with the meeting. During the meeting, Mr. LaPierre asked that the White House ‘stop the games’ over gun control legislation, people familiar with the meeting said. It was not clear whether Mr. Trump asked Mr. LaPierre for his support, or what that support would look like. In a statement Friday evening, an N.R.A. spokesman confirmed the meeting took place but insisted The Times’s account of the meeting was ‘inaccurate.’ He pushed back on the account of some officials that any offer of support for the president was in exchange for opposition to gun laws.”

Maggie Haberman and Annie Karni, “N.R.A.’s LaPierre Asks Trump to ‘Stop the Games’ Over Gun Legislation in Discussion About Its Support,” The New York Times online, September 27, 2019

27,325. 8/9/2019

GUNS/LEGISLATION/MASS SHOOTINGS/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In 2013, Donald J. Trump said he supported background checks for gun purchases to ‘weed out the sickos.’ Two years later, as he prepared to run for president, he flip-flopped, telling Ammoland magazine that he opposed expanded checks because they don’t work. It is a recurring pattern. As president, Mr. Trump changed his mind again in 2018 after the high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., insisting that stronger checks would be ‘fully backed’ by the White House. But that position only lasted a few days, until a late-night meeting with the National Rifle Association in the Oval Office, after which he backed off his support and later threatened to veto a background check bill. On Friday, in the wake of massacres in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, Mr. Trump presented himself now as a deal-maker eager to bring Democrats and Republicans together behind tougher background checks. But the president’s long history on the gun issue raises questions about his real commitment to legislation that would improve the background check system and close loopholes that have allowed firearms to be bought and sold at gun shows without any knowledge of a buyer’s history.”

Michael D. Shear, Maggie Haberman and Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Past Flip-Flops Cloud Trump’s Position on Background Checks,” The New York Times online, August 9, 2019

27,317. 8/9/2019

GUNS/LEGISLATION/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [8-9-19] expressed optimism that he will secure bipartisan consensus on ‘meaningful background checks’ and other gun reform measures despite staunch opposition from the National Rifle Association and years of federal inaction on the deeply divisive issue. In early morning tweets, the president said he has spoken in recent days with NRA officials to ensure their interests are ‘fully represented and respected’ during negotiations on firearm legislation following two mass shootings over the weekend. But Trump also suggested resistance from the powerful lobby would not slow his push to ‘get something really good done’ to curb gun violence in America…The president Friday morning wrote online that ‘serious discussions are taking place between House and Senate leadership on meaningful Background Checks,’ and confirmed he has ‘also been speaking to the NRA, and others, so that their very strong views can be fully represented and respected.’”

Quint Forgey, “Trump is high on gun reform chances despite NRA resistance,” Politico, August 9, 2019 12:52 pm

27,316. 8/9/2019

GUNS/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump on Friday [8-9-19] expressed optimism that he’ll secure bipartisan consensus on ‘meaningful background checks’ and other gun reform measures despite staunch opposition from the National Rifle Association and years of federal inaction on the deeply divisive issue. In early morning tweets, the president said he has spoken in recent days with NRA officials to ensure their interests are ‘fully represented and respected’ in negotiations on gun legislation following two mass shootings over the weekend. But Trump also suggested the resistance from the powerful firearm lobby would not slow his reform push…The president Friday morning tweeted that ‘serious discussions are taking place between House and Senate leadership on meaningful Background Checks,’ and confirmed he has ‘also been speaking to the NRA, and others, so that their very strong views can be fully represented and respected.’”

Quint Forgey, “Trump is high on gun reform chances despite NRA resistance,” Politico, August 9, 2019 12:29 pm

27,312. 8/9/2019

CONGRESS/GUNS/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Serious discussions are taking place between House and Senate leadership on meaningful Background Checks. I have also been speaking to the NRA, and others, so that their very strong views can be fully represented and respected. Guns should not be placed in the hands of…..”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 9, 2019 7:03 am

27,305. 8/8/2019

GUNS/MASS SHOOTINGS/NRA/POLLS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump sees a rare political opportunity to act on gun control — and if there was ever a time to do it, this is probably it. Nine out of 10 Trump voters support universal background checks, according to a new poll — and a majority favor other gun control measures. The NRA is in shambles. And Trump’s reelection hopes would be helped mightily by more support among moderate suburban voters — who back the measures but abandoned Republicans in the midterms…In the days since mass shootings in Texas and Ohio left 31 people dead, Trump has talked to Congress’ top two leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy multiple times, about how to proceed, according to people familiar with the phone calls. He also called Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), the bipartisan tandem who pushed expanded background checks, and Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who proposed a bill to help states confiscate firearms from people deemed dangerous. The odds of serious gun control legislation clearing Congress and being signed into law remain slim.”

Anita Kumar, “Donald Trump’s Nixon-to-China moment on guns,” Politico, August 8, 2019 6:37 pm

27,287. 8/8/2019

GUNS/MASS SHOOTINGS/NRA/TEXAS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “In the wake of two mass shootings, the divisive politics of gun control appeared to be in flux on Thursday [8-8-19] as President Trump explored whether to back expanded background checks on gun purchasers and Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, signaled that he would at least be open to considering the idea. It is not clear that either the president or Mr. McConnell will embrace such legislation, which both of them have opposed in the past and which would have to overcome opposition from the National Rifle Association and other powerful conservative constituencies. But their willingness to weigh its political appeal and feasibility — or to be seen doing so — suggested that Republicans are feeling pressure to take some substantive action after mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, that killed 31 people. Mr. McConnell said that a measure expanding background checks to all gun purchasers would be ‘front and center’ when the Senate comes back into session next month.”

Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin, “Trump Weighs New Stance on Guns as Pressure Mounts After Shootings,” The New York Times online, August 8, 2019

27,268. 8/7/2019

CHUCK SCHUMER/DEMS/GUNS/LEGISLATION/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, put the brakes on Republicans’ quick embrace of ‘red flag’ laws as a response to last weekend’s gun violence, saying on Wednesday [8-7-19] that any gun-related legislation moving through the Senate must be accompanied by a House bill requiring background checks on all gun purchasers. Red flag laws allow the authorities to obtain a special type of protective order — known as an extreme risk protection order, or E.R.P.O. — to remove guns from people deemed dangerous. Republicans, including President Trump, are coalescing around the concept, and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is drafting a bill to develop a federal grant program to help states pass and carry out such laws…Mr. Trump, on his way to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, where back-to-back massacres over the weekend left 31 people dead, told reporters he was open to expanding background checks for gun purchases — a surprising development, given that the National Rifle Association, the nation’s largest gun lobby, and many Republicans are vehemently opposed.”

Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Democrats Warn That Federal ‘Red Flag’ Law Would Not Be Enough,” The New York Times online, August 7, 2019

27,246. 8/7/2019

MASS SHOOTINGS/NRA/REGULATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump this week said his administration has done ‘much more than most’ to help curb mass shootings in the U.S. While Trump boasts of action on firearms, his administration has actually eased gun restrictions over the past two and a half years. Federal agencies have implemented more than half a dozen policy changes — primarily through little-noticed regulatory moves — that expand access to guns by lifting firearms bans in certain locations and limiting the names on the national database designed to keep firearms away from dangerous people. The administration asked the Supreme Court to overturn New York City restrictions on transporting handguns outside homes. And it pushed to allow U.S. gunmakers to more easily sell firearms overseas, including the types used in mass shootings.”

Anita Kumar, “How Trump eased access to guns,” Politico, August 7, 2019 6:06 am

27,240. 8/7/2019

GUNS/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump this week said his administration has done ‘much more than most’ to curb mass shootings in the United States. While Trump boasts of action on firearms, his administration has eased gun restrictions over the past 2½ years. Federal agencies have implemented more than half a dozen policy changes — primarily through little-noticed regulatory moves — that expand access to guns by lifting firearms bans in certain locations and limiting the names in the national database designed to keep firearms away from dangerous people. The administration asked the Supreme Court to overturn New York City restrictions on transporting handguns outside homes. And it pushed to allow U.S. gunmakers to more easily sell firearms overseas, including the types used in mass shootings…Trump’s critics say they aren’t surprised by his actions after he received an early and strong endorsement from the National Rifle Association, which spent $30 million to help his 2016 campaign and to blast his Democratic opponent in TV ads. After he was sworn into office, Trump vowed repeatedly to repay gun owners for their support.”

Anita Kumar, “Trump quietly used regulations to expand gun access,” Politico, August 7, 2019 5:03 am

27,201. 8/5/2019

GUNS/MASS SHOOTINGS/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump is exploring ways to use regulatory power and executive action to curb gun violence after a pair of deadly shootings over the weekend — a move driven by his aides’ belief that Congress is incapable of coalescing around consensus legislation in a heated 2020 election cycle. White House officials on Monday [8-5-19] said Trump and U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr are ‘resolved’ to take action after the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The administration is exploring solutions ‘that actually make an impact,’ as opposed to ‘things that feel good,’ one Trump aide said. Trump has increasingly relied on his executive authority to address issues that have stained his administration, including the gun violence epidemic. Ten months after a teen gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last year, the Trump administration issued a rule — at the president’s request — to ban the sale and possession of devices known as bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic firearms to simulate automatic weapons.” 

Gabby Orr, “Trump explores executive action on guns,” Politico, August 5, 2019 6:55 pm

26,233. 7/3/2019

CAMPAIGN/ELECTION/GOP/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The National Rifle Association aired an avalanche of TV ads and pushed its 5 million-plus members to the polls for Donald Trump in 2016, propelling him in the Rust Belt states that delivered him the presidency. Now, the gun rights group is in total meltdown — and senior Republicans and Trump 2020 officials are alarmed. In recent weeks, the NRA has seen everything from a failed coup attempt to the departure of its longtime political architect to embarrassing tales of self-dealing by top leaders. The turmoil is fueling fears that the organization will be profoundly diminished heading into the election, leaving the Republican Party with a gaping hole in its political machinery. With the Chamber of Commerce and Koch political network withdrawing from their once-dominant roles in electing conservatives, Republicans worry that three organizations that have long formed the core of their electoral infrastructure will be effectively on the sidelines. The predicament has so troubled some Republicans that they are calling on the famously secretive NRA to address its 2020 plans.”

Alex Isenstadt, “NRA meltdown has Trump campaign sweating,” Politico, July 3, 2019 10:12 am

26,191. 7/2/2019

NEW YORK/NRA/TEXAS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “People are fleeing New York like never before. If they own a business, they are twice as likely to flee. And if they are a victim of harassment by the A.G. of the state, like what they are doing to our great NRA, which I think will move quickly to Texas, where they are loved…..”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 2, 2019 6:21 am

24,426. 4/29/2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL/NEW YORK/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Gov. Andrew Cuomo struck back at President Donald Trump on Monday [4-29-19] in an escalating war of words over the New York attorney general’s recently launched investigation of the National Rifle Association. In a pair of morning tweets, Trump said the NRA was ‘under siege by Cuomo and the New York State A.G.’ and accused them of abusing their legal authority to target the group…In response, Cuomo released a statement saying ‘the only thing illegal is the gun lobby’s insurance scheme,’ and noting the incidence in mass gun violence over the past several years…Attorney General Tish James’ office announced on Friday [4-26-19] that it was investigating the NRA over allegations of self-dealing that potentially threaten the organization’s nonprofit status. James often spoke of taking legal action against the Trump administration during her campaign last year.”

Nick Niedzwiadek, “Andrew Cuomo hits back at Trump over probe of NRA,” Politico, April 29, 2019 8:17 pm

24,417. 4/29/2019

INVESTIGATIONS/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Three days after addressing the National Rifle Association convention, President Donald Trump told the NRA on Monday [4-29-19] to straighten out in the wake of a leadership crisis and a high-profile investigation into its finances…Turmoil marked the NRA convention in Indianapolis as President Oliver North announced he would not seek a second term and expressed concern about how the organization spends its money. Longtime NRA executive Wayne LaPierre accused North of trying to force him out of the organization. Hours after Trump’s tweet on Monday, the NRA Board of Directors re-elected LaPierre as the organization’s executive vice president and CEO. The New York Attorney General’s Office announced Friday [4-26-19] that it would open an investigation into the group’s tax-exempt status. During his NRA speech, Trump praised LaPierre and North as ‘extraordinary champions for the Second Amendment’ and gun rights in general. He singled out North as a ‘great guy’ but did not mention the infighting between him and LaPierre.”

David Jackson, “Donald Trump tells NRA to ‘get its act together’ after power struggle erupts at convention,” USA Today, April 29, 2019 6:03 pm

24,408. 4/29/2019

NEW YORK/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….People are fleeing New York State because of high taxes and yes, even oppression of sorts. They didn’t even put up a fight against SALT – could have won. So much litigation. The NRA should leave and fight from the outside of this very difficult to deal with (unfair) State!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 29, 2019 8:23 am

24,407. 4/29/2019

ATTORNEY GENERAL/NEW YORK/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The NRA is under siege by Cuomo and the New York State A.G., who are illegally using the State’s legal apparatus to take down and destroy this very important organization, & others. It must get its act together quickly, stop the internal fighting, & get back to GREATNESS – FAST!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 29, 2019 7:18 am

24,379. 4/26/2019

GUNS/HUMAN RIGHTS/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “In a speech to National Rifle Association members on Friday [4-26-19] that was part political rally and part pep talk, President Trump called himself a champion of gun rights. Then he proved it, whipping out a pen onstage to sign a letter that would effectively cease America’s involvement in an arms treaty designed to regulate the international sale of conventional weapons. Mr. Trump said that his administration ‘will never’ ratify the Arms Trade Treaty, which seeks to discourage the sale of conventional weapons to countries that do not protect human rights. Although the accord was brokered by the United Nations and signed by President Barack Obama, it has never been ratified by the Senate. Experts in arms control note that the accord, even if ratified by the Senate, would not require the United States to alter any existing domestic laws or procedures governing how it sells conventional weapons overseas…Critics see it as a concession to the gun lobby, and another effort by the Trump administration to distance itself from multilateral diplomatic initiatives — from the nuclear deal with Iran to the Paris climate agreement — that advocates say are meant to make the world a safer place.”

Katie Rogers, “Trump Pulls Out of Arms Treaty During Speech at N.R.A. Convention,” The New York Times online, April 26, 2019

24,372. 4/26/2019

NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “THANK YOU @NRA! #NRAAM https://t.co/SWkpe1eFhT

-Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 26, 2019 5:57 pm

24,367. 4/26/2019

NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Great NRA crowd and enthusiasm in Indiana. Thank you! Leaving now for meetings in the Oval Office.” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 26, 2019 12:34 pm

24,360. 4/26/2019

NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Heading to Indianapolis to speak at the big NRA Conference. Love being in Indiana. The @NRA is getting stronger & stronger and doing some really great and important work. Having their powerful support has been vital to #MAGA!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 26, 2019 7:47 am

22,496. 2/7/2019

CAMPAIGN FINANCE/DEMS/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Democratic lawmakers pressed the National Rifle Association for more information around millions of dollars in donations the group funneled towards the campaigns of President Donald Trump and Republican congressional candidates in a letter to the NRA’s president Wednesday [2-6-19]. The letter, from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. Jamie Raskin, follows a series of news reports that raised questions about the NRA’s relationship with apparent shell companies that purchased political ads in potential violation of campaign finance law. According to those reports — which appeared in outlets including Politico, The Daily Beast and The Trace, a digital news organization funded in part by money from a gun control group — the NRA doled out more than $50 million in support of Trump’s 2016 campaign, and more than $25 million for Republican candidates in 2014, through political consulting firms that were connected to firms employed by the Republican campaigns, suggesting illegal coordination between the NRA and the campaigns, the lawmakers write.”

David Shortell, “Democrats seek documents from NRA after reported campaign finance violations,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, February 7, 2019 7:55 pm

20,819. 11/28/2018

ATF/GUNS/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration plans to announce the long-anticipated federal rule officially banning bump stocks in the coming days, according to US officials familiar with the matter. Bump stocks gained national attention last year after a gunman in Las Vegas rigged his weapons with the devices to fire on concertgoers, killing 58 people. President Donald Trump vowed to outlaw the devices soon after the tragedy, and some lawmakers on Capitol Hill urged him to back a permanent legislative fix. But opposition from lawmakers and the National Rifle Association ultimately made a regulatory change the only realistic path forward to accomplishing the President’s goal. The devices make it easier to fire rounds from a semi-automatic weapon by harnessing the gun’s recoil to ‘bump’ the trigger faster — an operation that caused officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives during the Obama administration to conclude that it’s merely a gun accessory or firearm part, not subject to federal regulation.”

Evan Perez, Laura Jarrett and David Shortell, “Exclusive: Trump administration to announce final bump stock ban,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, November 28, 2018 8:01 pm

17,485. 7/31/2018

GUNS/NRA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration supports an existing law they say makes it illegal to own or make homemade plastic guns, a White House official said Tuesday [7-31-18], coming hours after President Donald Trump tweeted that the availability of the firearms ‘doesn’t seem to make much sense!’…The administration supports the three-decade-old law, Gidley said, ‘and will continue to look at all options available to us to do what is necessary to protect Americans while also supporting the First and Second amendments.’ The comments came one day before a government settlement would have allowed plans to be posted online following a settlement with gun-rights activists. On Tuesday evening, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the federal government from allowing distribution of downloadable 3D-printed guns, according to a tweet from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office…Trump had expressed skepticism earlier Tuesday, saying he’s spoken with the National Rifle Association about the technology.”

Allie Malloy and Betsy Klein, “White House supports existing law, says 3D guns are already illegal,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, July 31, 2018 9:41 pm

17,466. 7/31/2018

GUNS/NRA/STATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Tuesday [7-31-18] voiced skepticism about the legal sale of 3-D printed firearms, writing on Twitter that the practice ‘doesn’t seem to make much sense!’ Mr. Trump said he had talked to the National Rifle Association about such firearms, though he didn’t give any detail about what steps he might take to block such sales. ‘I am looking into 3-D Plastic Guns being sold to the public,’ Mr. Trump wrote. The NRA didn’t immediately return a call for comment. On Monday [7-30-18], eight states filed suit to stop a pro-gun group, Defense Distributed, from distributing files online for making firearms from 3-D printers. The U.S. State Department had included the design files on a list of munitions subject to export controls, barring their distribution. But the department in June reversed its position and allowed the files to be posted, prompting an outcry from gun-control groups and Democratic lawmakers who say the files will enable individuals to avoid background checks by using 3-D printers to make guns at home.”

-Peter Nicholas and Zusha Elinson, “Trump Voices Skepticism on Sale of 3-D Printed Guns,” The Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2018 10:18 am