NEW: Evidence just presented in the NRA bankruptcy trial shows a monthly bill from NRA attorney Bill Brewer for the month of December 2020 that included legal bills of over $59K for “Russia.” 🤔
That’s in addition to other NRA *nonprofit* legal fees in December: Over $898K on an employment dispute with former NRA exec Chris Cox; over $348K on Ackerman litigation; over $121K on their NYAG defense; over $934K for “charitable rights and related matters.”

In. One. Month.
Before the "Russia" charges could be fully explained, an objection on the ground of confidentiality struck the matter from the court record.

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8 Apr
“Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it’s an international embarrassment,” @POTUS #MoreThanThoughtsAndPrayers
.@POTUS on untraceable ghost guns:

"I want to see these kits treated as firearms under the Gun Control Act... to require that the seller and manufacturers make the key parts with serial numbers and run background checks on the buyers when they walk in to buy that package."
.@POTUS points out that between the mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, “...there were more than 850 additional shootings, 850, that took the lives of more than 250 people and left 500 wounded." #MoreThanThoughtsAndPrayers
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8 Apr
NEW: These executive orders are a huge victory for the gun safety movement. For years, survivors and advocates, including @MomsDemand volunteers, took on NRA-backed lawmakers who refused to act. Today, President Biden made it clear those days are over.…
Ghost guns may be the scariest and quickest growing public safety threat in the country, allowing anyone to manufacture a deadly weapon with minimal effort and time. The Biden administration is showing they are going to treat this like the emergency it is and address it head on.
Also, the administration will modify multiple federal grant programs to increase funding for community violence intervention programs. Community-based violence intervention programs work, and the administration is ensuring they'll have the funding they need to save lives.
Read 10 tweets
5 Apr
Opening to #nrabankruptcytrial:

Ackerman (former NRA marketing firm paid millions by the *nonprofit*): “The NRA’s leadership has repeatedly told its members to stand up and fight, but the NRA’s leadership is trying to run from the New York Attorney General as fast as they can.”
More Ackerman: “NRA leaders are asking the court to ignore sovereignty... It is consistent with who the NRA has sadly become, a nonprofit in name only who ostensibly exists to defend the #2A, but in reality is driven to enrich management and keep them in control at all costs.”
NYAG opening: “Evidence will show the process LaPierre followed to file these bankruptcy cases is a master class in bad faith and dishonest conduct. If the NRA faces an existential crisis by the bankruptcy, it was a crisis brought on by LaPierre, his enablers and their choices.”
Read 4 tweets
5 Apr
👋 Good morning. Today is the first day of the @NRA’s trial in bankruptcy court. For those of you who can’t wait, here are some disturbing excerpts from Wayne LaPierre’s deposition (filed over the weekend). #nrabankruptcytrial
LaPierre acknowledged being gifted - by a NRA *business* partner - use of a 100+ foot yacht with a full staff, for personal vacations in the Bahamas. He testified he used the yacht around once a year, and it included “two or three or four staff people,” as well as a cook.
The yacht had “several staterooms” and a “jet boat.” LaPierre never offered to pay for the use of the yacht, nor did he disclose it on his conflict of interest form.
Read 12 tweets
1 Apr
Get your popcorn ready! Starting Monday, the @NRA is going to bankruptcy court and it’ll be the first time their executives face cross examination. Here’s a preview of some of the fun to come……
In a deposition, an NRA board member confirmed that the NRA paid a single law firm $17 MILLION in the 90 days leading up to the NRA filing for bankruptcy. That’s always a good sign.
That same NRA board member said of Wayne LaPierre -- the head of the NRA -- that he’s “known Wayne such a long, long time, and he’s in such a hole, I don’t see how he gets out.”

Fraud sure has a way of burying you, doesn’t it, Wayne?
Read 6 tweets
30 Mar
Just like the minimum drinking age, there’s a reason the minimum age to buy a gun should be 21: science and data. Because they lack a developed prefrontal cortex, people aged 18 to 20 year-old are offenders in gun homicides at a rate FOUR TIMES higher than adults 21 and older.
A study of offenders incarcerated for crimes committed with firearms found that 17 percent of offenders would have been prohibited from buying a gun if their state had a law that raised the minimum age to possess a handgun to 21 years.
In addition, suicide attempts that result in death or hospital treatment are at the highest rates from age 14 through age 21. Gun access significantly increases these risks. The association between firearm availability and suicide is strongest among adolescents and young adults.
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