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The NRA's 2018 Convention

A Year Like No Other

Since the NRA last met in 2017, America has been awash in gun violence — suffering from a record-breaking number of high profile mass shootings as well as daily murders and suicides that don't receive the same attention.

We have not seen a year like this one.

The Las Vegas massacre at a country music concert was the deadliest mass shooting in all of American history. Then just five weeks later, a deranged shooter who was not allowed to have guns under long-standing federal law, opened fire at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. That shooting took the lives of families as they prayed.

And then Parkland. An expelled student, known to be dangerous, went on a shooting rampage, killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The Parkland shooting sparked nationwide outrage and renewed energy and passion around the issue of gun violence prevention, this time led by students.

A majority of U.S. teens now fear a shooting could happen at their school, and most parents share their concern, according to a Pew Research poll from April 2018.

A new generation has risen up like never before. With marches, walkouts, voter registration drives, lobby days and attendance at policymakers' town halls, the NRA has been exposed and challenged.

The nation has changed dramatically and the ground has shifted since the NRA's last convention.

The Real NRA Annual Report

Fanaticism & Fear in a Year Like No Other

While NRA leaders use their special brand of fomenting fear, nativism and discord to protect the economic interests of gunmakers, there will be many issues related to guns, and gun violence that it will not be discussing.

Brady developed this report to provide Americans with a fuller understanding of the role the NRA plays in promoting dangerous policies and fighting against the most reasonable of gun safety laws.

The Real NRA Annual Report

The NRA's #1 Purchased Politician

President Trump is the "winner" of the largest political buy in NRA history. During the 2016 campaign, the NRA spent over $30 million to get Trump elected.This was higher than all NRA spending records and exceeded its combined spending in all races during the 2008 and 2012 election cycles. After the shooting in Parkland, Trump momentarily backed comprehensive gun safety reform, but soon after moved back to pushing the NRA’s extremist agenda.

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Donald Trump speaking at the NRA convention

Mike Pence: The NRA's Perfect Candidate

"Pro-gun candidates don't come any better than Mike Pence" the NRA declared in November 2016 as then-governor and former member of Congress Mike Pence was running for the White House on the Trump-Pence ticket.

As governor of Indiana 
Pence relied on the NRA more than any other governor, going so far as arranging to have the NRA train the state's National Guard units, something no other governor had ever done.

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Mike Pence

For decades the NRA has spent enormous sums of money to influence Members of Congress to prevent common-sense gun violence prevention measures. Here is a small sampling of the politicians they've backed.

The National Rifle Association's Links to Russia

Despite the NRA leadership's flag-waving claims to patriotism and defense of constitutional freedoms, the organization has well-established ties to the regime of Vladimir Putin, including close association with senior Russian government officials and Putin allies.

Senior NRA officials are linked to Russian organized crime figures and to senior Putin-regime officials who were under U.S. sanctions. These and other ties raise significant questions about NRA links to Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump and Putin

Extreme Positions

The NRA's extremist agenda continues to make America more dangerous. Here are ten of the NRA's most extreme positions.

  1. Oppose expanding background checks to all gun sales.
  2. Oppose laws banning assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
  3. Oppose "extreme risk" laws that can help keep guns from people in crisis.
  4. Force states to allow non-residents to carry concealed weapons without any training.
  5. Support laws restricting gun violence victims from suing gun companies in court.
  6. Support laws barring mayors from passing local gun ordinances, and holding them personally liable if they do.
  7. Block funding for government research on gun violence.
  8. Block funding for the ATF to inspect gun dealers and ensure compliance with existing law.
  9. Oppose banning cop-killer bullets.
  10. Support laws restricting doctors from sharing truthful information about gun risks with patients.

Download a PDF version of this list.