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  • The NRA Files for Bankruptcy, Says It Plans to Move to Texas

    The National Rifle Association, whose questionable use of member dollars and shady financial arrangements The Trace unearthed, filed for bankruptcy protection in Texas today. The move comes as the gun group is contesting multiple lawsuits and facing off with attorneys general in New York State and Washington D.C. who allege violations of nonprofit law. In its most recent annual filing with the IRS, the NRA admitted to having diverted assets to leadership and identifies its outside law firm, Brewer Attorneys...

  • ATF Faces Legal Pressure to Shutter Gunmaker With Dubious History

    Illinois and Kansas City, Missouri, are asking a federal court to shutter the successor to a Nevada-based gunmaker that declared bankruptcy as it came under increasing scrutiny for its ties to an interstate trafficking ring.  The suit, filed on January 15, seeks to force the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to withdraw the federal firearms license granted to J.A. Industries. The head of J.A. Industries, Paul Jimenez, previously operated Jimenez Arms, which filed for bankruptcy last year. The...

  • He Grew Up Amid the Trauma of Gun Violence. Now He Works to Help Families Heal.

    The teenagers in the South Lawndale grief support group struggled for months to put their feelings down on paper. Each of them had lost a brother to gun violence. Now they had come together to tell their parents what they were going through, and they chose to compose a group letter.  “I see your pain, but I’m in pain as well,” they wrote to their parents. “I want you to remember my brother. But I also don’t want you to...

  • A Running List of Gun Arrests Tied to the U.S. Capitol Attack

    The January 6 insurrection wasn’t explicitly billed as a Second Amendment event. But the specter of guns was everywhere: on the flags flown by rioters, in the insurrectionist theory they espoused, and the tactical gear they donned. And in some cases, despite Washington, D.C.’s unusually strict gun laws, which require firearms to be registered with local police, the Trump supporters who gathered at the U.S. Capitol were armed. As of now, at least nine people have been hit with illegal...

  • On the Frontlines of Gun Violence Prevention, Lessons Learned From a Harrowing Year

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  • The Gun Rights Rhetoric That Helped Seed the Insurrectionist Mindset

    A mob of hundreds of ardent Trump supporters breached the nation’s Capitol on January 6 to halt the certification of electoral votes from November’s election and keep the president in power. Some of the rioters described their cause as a justified “revolution.” They had, after all, marched down Pennsylvania Avenue at the urging of their leader, who told them: “You’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.” President Trump...

  • Their Statehouses Allow Guns, and These Lawmakers Are Increasingly Afraid

    When hundreds of Trump supporters rioted at the United States Capitol building on January 6, similar groups also gathered at state capitols and governor’s mansions across the country to vent their anger over an election they erroneously believe was stolen. Some of them were armed. For Michigan State Senator Dayna Polehanki, the scenes in Washington and around the country felt hauntingly familiar. Last April, anti-quarantine demonstrators wielding rifles entered the state Senate gallery in Lansing and yelled at lawmakers while...

  • ‘Either We Finally Take This Seriously…or This Gets Worse’

    The post ‘Either We Finally Take This Seriously…or This Gets Worse’ appeared first on The Trace.

  • Out of the Spotlight, D.C. Case Targets Abuses by NRA Charity

    Since New York and the District of Columbia filed lawsuits against the National Rifle Association last summer, the New York case has captured nearly all the attention. But the lower-profile D.C. suit poses a significant threat to the organization. It’s focused on the NRA Foundation, an affiliated charity that has lent cash and influence to the gun group in recent years.  D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine alleges that the NRA improperly siphoned millions of dollars from the foundation, and that...

  • The Trace’s Best Stories From 2020

    Like any news outlet, The Trace entered this year with a slate of projects and stories already in the pipeline for the next 12 months. But 2020 had other plans. While the pandemic, an uprising for racial justice, and an unprecedented presidential election transfixed the nation, seismic events reverberated on our beat. Our reporters documented the efforts of violence interrupters facing simultaneous public health crises and uncovered the businesses profiting from flouting shutdown orders, arming extremists, and schooling police officers...

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