Schumer: NRA files for bankruptcy but funds lobbying against gun reform
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday called on the US Department of Justice to investigate the National Rifle Association for committing “bankruptcy fraud.”
Schumer said the powerful gun lobby was seeking to evade the application of federal and state law by the New York attorney general by filing for bankruptcy and seeking to relocate to Texas.
Despite the bankruptcy filing, dismissed by a judge earlier this year in Texas, Schumer said Sunday, the organization continues to spend “millions” on a lobbying campaign against “common sense gun reforms.” , including legislation creating universal background checks and better gun tracing measures.
Schumer, speaking in the lobby of his Manhattan office, said the NRA “has told the judicial branch of government that it is bankrupt … and at the same time … it is spending millions of dollars in commercials to stop universal background checks “. . This requires an investigation by the Department of Justice.
He continued, “What blatant hypocrisy.”
The NRA and the Justice Department did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday.
In August, New York State Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the NRA, seeking to dissolve it.
James, a Democrat, accused longtime NRA leader Wayne Robert LaPierre and other leaders of using the group as their “personal piggy bank” for gifts, travel and other personal expenses.
The NRA filed its own lawsuit against James’ office and in January filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In May, U.S. bankruptcy judge Harlin Hale of Dallas dismissed the case, ruling that the NRA had not filed its bankruptcy application “in good faith” but rather “to avoid a state regulatory regime”.
The complaint filed by the New York attorney general also alleged that the NRA and its leaders failed to comply with state, federal, and NRA laws; failed to manage NRA funds; and contributed more than $ 64 million in losses in three years.