Until recently, the NRA claimed that it had no financial ties to the gun industry — despite the fact that its own publications, statements, and even awards ceremonies proved otherwise. As documented in the VPC report Blood Money II: How Gun Industry Dollars Fund the NRA, the firearms industry has donated between $19.3 million and $60.2 million to the NRA since 2005.
The NRA’s so-called “corporate partners” in the gun industry are the nation’s top-selling manufacturers of firearms and accessories. One of the companies that has donated a million dollars or more to the NRA is Remington Outdoor Company (formerly Freedom Group), manufacturer of the Bushmaster assault rifle used at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Other top donors to the NRA include gunmakers Smith & Wesson, Beretta USA, Springfield Armory, and Sturm, Ruger & Co; as well as accessories vendors MidwayUSA and Brownells.
Blood Money II: How Gun Industry Dollars Fund the NRA (September 2013)
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