NRA Secretary and General Counsel John Frazer informed the organization's board and executive council of the move Tuesday evening, according to a copy of his e-mail that was obtained by Newsweek.
NRA board member Richard Childress, a former NASCAR driver and the owner of a self-titled car racing enterprise, submitted his resignation to the board on Monday, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Newsweek.
The chief NRA lobbyist for Florida said, "How do you tell a 10-year-old little girl who got a Ruger 10/22 with a pink stock for her birthday that her rifle is an assault weapon?"
"It's inexcusable that Republican commissioners would block an investigation into whether Russian money was funneled through the National Rifle Association to help President Trump," Wyden said.
"When you're president because of a grand total of less than 78,000 votes spread out over three states, you don't have to alienate too much of your base on an issue they care about to lose," warned conservative radio host Steve Deace.
A poll by Fox News reveals declining support for the NRA among Americans and also gun-owning households as President Donald Trump mulls new gun control legislation.
A widening inquiry into the NRA and multi-million dollar class-action litigation against its leadership have thrown the already beleaguered gun-rights group and its tax-exempt status into further peril.
"I can tell you, there's tremendous goodwill for meaningful—I'm talking about meaningful, add that word—meaningful background checks so that sick and demented people don't carry around guns," said Trump, who also confirmed he was speaking with the NRA.
If the class action claim is allowed to proceed, potentially millions of donors could be eligible to receive some form of damages.
NRA's leader told the president that background check legislation would hurt his popularity with the Republican base and urged him to reconsider his position, according to officials.
NRA donor David Dell'Aquila alleged in his civil complaint that, in soliciting donations from potential contributors, the NRA made representations that "were intentionally and materially false."
"I feel I have a unique perspective from my knowledge as a former Republican and the information I've learned in my journey," Weissman said. "I feel I can help with the gun culture problem."
President Donald Trump is reportedly considering tougher background checks on gun purchases but faces Republican opposition to meaningful reform.
"Hatred can be concealed by our acceptance of #WhiteNationalism and malice will be revealed in our cashing of NRA checks and failure to act," one Twitter user wrote.
Senate majority leader trends on Twitter for the second time in a week following mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.
"Trump just deleted all of these tweets that called immigrants 'invaders,'" Holly Figueroa O'Reilly tweeted.
The D.C. probe follows New York State Attorney General Letitia James's April announcement that her office was opening an investigation into the NRA's finances.
After 20 children were killed, Wayne LaPierre was criticized by many for his proposal to arm security guards to protect schools.
"I am requesting the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) make public documents that can help determine if wrongdoing by the NRA has occurred," he wrote.
Firebrand anchor Dana Loesch made a number of incendiary remarks while appearing on NRATV.
The National Rifle Association will shut down production of NRATV on Wednesday, according to The New York Times.
The suspect used the screen name "Adolf Hitler (((6 Million)))" while gaming online, according to reports.
Tax experts warn that the reported payments could represent conflicts of interest.
"Gov. Northam is following the gun control playbook by exploiting a tragedy to push his failed political agenda," the group said.
Kirsten Gillibrand said she considers the NRA the "worst organization in this country." But the presidential candidate once felt very differently about the gun advocacy group.
"To suddenly split the two in this really acrimonious dispute certainly leaves the NRA without the kind of institutional management they've come to rely on," one analyst said.
The NRA claims the bill is necessary to prevent property from being looted in the aftermath of hurricanes and other disasters.
Law enforcement officials were apparently unaware that an op-ed they were asked to put their names to was written by the NRA.