Washington, D.C., August 6, 2020 – Today, Brady applauds New York Attorney General Letitia James’ announcement that she has filed a complaint in the Supreme Court of New York that includes 18 causes of action against the National Rifle Association (NRA) and four of its senior officers, current and former, for fraud, malfeasance, false filings and abuse of the NRA’s tax-exempt status, among other charges. AG James’ action seeks to dissolve the organization in its entirety, following its rampant and wanton misfilings and false reporting. In October 2019 Brady filed a complaint with the IRS seeking an examination into, and ultimately a revocation of, the NRA’s tax-exempt status. For over 40 years Brady has fought the NRA, which has operated in a manner entirely inconsistent with its mission in a manner that has put profits (both for NRA leaders and the gun industry) over people.
Jim Brady called the NRA "the Evil Empire" for a reason. As @NewYorkStateAG Letitia James uncovers, the NRA has spent millions at the expense of American lives. We at Brady have been fighting for decades to end the NRA's reign of terror. The time has come. https://t.co/iAMpe2sj3p— Brady | United Against Gun Violence (@bradybuzz) August 6, 2020
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“Today’s action shows what many Americans have seen for years: the NRA has lost its way. Instead of advocating for common-sense gun policies that protect gun owners, families, and communities, the NRA has instead become an extremist organization, focused on lining their own pockets and the pockets of the gun industry at the expense of all Americans. Almost a year ago Brady, in a detailed letter filing to the IRS, set forth many of the details noted in the complaint filed by AG James. We applaud the New York Attorney General for stepping up and taking this much-needed action. The NRA has continued to use donations to empower extremism, expand deadly loopholes and block life-saving policies in Congress and in state legislatures across the country. Their actions have betrayed their supporters who donated to the NRA, not knowing that their dollars would be used to fund second homes, lavish vacations, new cars or private jets.
These are not the actions of the directors of a tax-exempt organization.
Real lives have been lost due to the NRA’s practices and approach to gun policy in America. Their greed has come at a human cost. We applaud the New York Attorney General for this important step in bringing this organization to justice and securing an America in which no one is above the law, not even the NRA."
Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.