LaPierre has called universal background checks a "nightmare" for law-abiding gun owners. Cox was the second-highest paid employee of the organization in 2017 after LaPierre, with a compensation package of $1,191,194. An NRA "A+" candidate is one who has "not only an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who has also made a vigorous effort to promote and defend the Second Amendment", whereas an NRA "F" candidate is deemed a "true enemy of gun owners' rights". The NRA has been criticized by gun control and gun rights advocacy groups, political commentators, and politicians. The records show that the NRA froze its pension plan for employees at the end of last year, a move that saved it close to $13 million, and obtained a $28 million line of credit by borrowing against its Virginia headquarters. [133], The NRA supported and opposed parts of the Gun Control Act of 1968, which broadly regulated the firearms industry and firearms owners, primarily focusing on regulating interstate commerce in firearms by prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and importers. The watchdog group Charity Watch tracks leadership pay at over 600 nonprofits, NPR reports, and LaPierre is among the most richly compensated executives. [197], Nine US presidents have been NRA members. At its Virginia headquarters, the NRA has gotten rid of free coffee and water coolers and frozen its employees' pensions, according to The New Yorker. People familiar with the deal told the Journal that it was LaPierre's idea to buy the home because he had concerns about his security following the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and was interested in another residence apart from his home in Virginia. Simply put, we are well-positioned on the regulatory front and poised to handle all challenges that confront us.". [81] Chris W. Cox, who is the NRA's chief lobbyist and principal political strategist, is also the NRA-PVF chairman. [80] The organization has not lost a major battle over gun control legislation since the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban. [194][195] One member is George Kollitides of the Freedom Group. [277], In February 2018 a school shooting at a high school in Florida left 17 dead and another 17 injured, and student survivors organized a movement called Never Again MSD to demand passage of certain gun control measures. A roundup of uplifting stories about everyday heroes. [40], However, passage of the GCA galvanized a growing number of NRA gun rights activists, including Harlon Carter. On September 9, the NRA filed a lawsuit in response, accusing city officials of violating the organization's free speech rights by discriminating against the organization "based on the viewpoint of their political speech. In any event, this practice was discontinued some time ago.". In the month of August alone, six members of the NRA's board of directors have resigned, and three of them specifically called out a pattern of obstruction they allege they were subjected to for trying to conduct basic oversight of the group's finances. [117] In 2006, the NRA lobbied US Representative F. James Sensenbrenner to add a provision to the Patriot Act reauthorization that requires Senate confirmation of ATF director nominees. [97], Investigations by the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller resulted in indictments of Russian nationals on charges of developing and exploiting ties with the NRA to influence US politics.

The state's Department of Financial Services was directed by the Cuomo administration to encourage institutions it oversees, insurance companies, banks and other financial services companies licensed in New York state, to review their business interactions with the NRA and "other similar organizations" and assess if they would pose "reputational risk."

A leading-edge research firm focused on digital transformation. NRA Institute For Legislative Action, Did not previously hold government jobs: 75.00%, NOTE: Organizations themselves cannot contribute to candidates and party committees, Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act, See more outside spending by National Rifle Assn. The NRA declined to comment on LaPierre's net worth when reached by Business Insider. Through the NRA-PVF, the NRA began to rate political candidates on their positions on gun rights. [46][47] Insurgents including Carter and Knox had demanded new leadership in part because they blamed incumbent leaders for existing gun control legislation like the GCA and believed that no compromise should be made. Stakeholders are concerned about the NRA's ability to maintain its current spendthrift attitude. [193] Most board nominations are vetted by an appointed nine-member Nominating Committee. The National Rifle Association spent growing sums on overhead in 2018 even as it cut money for core activities such as gun training and political efforts, ending the year deeper in debt, new financial documents show.