Rival gun groups look to fill the NRA's void

Posted On: Aug 18, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Rival gun groups look to fill the NRA's void

As the National Rifle Association flounders, some upstart pro-gun groups see an opportunity to become the nation's most influential gun rights organization. The groups say they're attracting new members and raking in donations. They're hiring additional staff to work on grassroots advocacy and lobbying. One is going so far as to discuss at a conference in September how to fill the void left by the NRA, which has struggled to address internal squabbles and accusations of financial mismanagement. “There are a lot of NRA members that don't like the infighting, don't like all the lawsuits, don't like some of the spending that's been talked about in the press,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the pro-gun Second Amendment Foundation. “A lot of them - they want to defend gun rights, they're not going to stop defending gun rights, they're just looking at other places to do it.” Several of the organizations vying to unseat the NRA as the nation's top gun advocate are considered more aggressive advocates of the Second...

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