Dem Rep Wants IRS to Investigate NRA’s ‘Political Efforts’ Against Gun Control

Ric Feld/AP
Ric Feld/AP

Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA-5th) believes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should investigate the NRA over their ongoing “political efforts” against gun control.

Thompson suggests the NRA may be shifting money designated for one internal program–say, gun safety–and using it to defeat Democrats’ congressional efforts to push more gun control.

Thompson chairs the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

According to Yahoo News, Thompson said:

Many Second Amendment supporters and responsible gun owners contribute to the NRA because of the work it does to promote gun safety and support the hunting community. They have a right to know whether their money is going to these causes or to Beltway-NRA political efforts that undermine common-sense laws designed to keep criminals, domestic abusers and the dangerously mentally ill from getting guns.

On March 4 Thompson re-launched the background check push that crumbled beneath NRA opposition in 2013. An extended investigation into the civil rights group could be just the ticket for keeping them at bay this time around.

The petition to start an investigation into the NRA is being directed by The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV), which accuses the NRA of financial maleficence and wants the FEC and IRS to “launch investigations into the NRA’s fraudulent activities immediately.”

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.-5th) also voiced her support for an investigation into the NRA. Ironically, she also supports Rep. Thompson’s revival of the background check legislation.

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