"The lurid facts underlying the dispute between North and LaPierre, and whether North is being singled out from other directors, is not relevant to what is in front of me," the judge said.
The NRA's recent slump in spending comes as the gun rights group is experiencing an unprecedented level of scrutiny owing to a widening financial and governance scandal.
Nearly one-fifth of all people living in the United States who died at the hands of a firearm since 1999 were killed over a three-year period.
The New York Attorney General has sued the National Rifle Association and its former PR firm over what she alleges is a pattern of obstruction from the nation's largest gun-rights group.
In an e-mail to the NRA's board of directors that was obtained by Newsweek, LaPierre celebrated the development, calling it a "quick victory" for his organization's membership.
Ten years after the ban expired in 2004, the number of mass shootings more than tripled and the number of fatalities spiked more than fourfold.
These allegations of business impropriety mirror other scandals currently engulfing America's most powerful gun rights lobby.
The case originates from a domestic dispute involving Gilchrist County Sheriff's Deputy Jefferson Davis, who threatened to kill another man he thought was having an affair with his girlfriend.
This would mean the district would not spend money or resources enforcing federal laws Roger Deeds believes are an infringement of residents' constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
The National Rifle Association and its estranged PR firm Ackerman McQueen engaged in a failed attempt at settlement negotiations to resolve ongoing litigation between the two organizations, a spokesperson for the NRA told Newsweek.
Giffords and former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe attended the event to promote Democratic candidates running on a platform of gun safety in the state's upcoming elections
While the vast majority of Americans do back modest efforts to curtail the availability of guns or shore up gun safety, the specific proposal O'Rourke is emphasizing divides the public's support.
"It does not take much imagination to conjure up the enormous harm that can result from the combination of illegal firearms, explosives, and drone aircrafts," prosecutor William McSwain said in a press release.
The vagueness of the retailers' statements and carefully-worded avoidance of the use of the term "ban" have become something of a Rorschach test.
"The NRA must prove beyond all shadows of doubt or accusations that we are squeaky clean," Nugent wrote.
At least one NRA director privately expressed concerns about the alleged extravagance of the Alaska trip.
"Mitch McConnell should not be contracting the Senate's decisions out to the White House," Senator Chris Van Hollen said.
In response to a request for comment, Ackerman steadfastly denied the charges in a statement to Newsweek.
The memo offers Republican politicians talking points when interviewed about gun control and mass shootings.
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.
"This [mass shootings] is starting to be, unfortunately, a uniquely American situation," Pirro admonished Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz.
If the class action claim is allowed to proceed, potentially millions of donors could be eligible to receive some form of damages.
Right now there is bipartisan appetite in the Senate for a strong federal Red Flag law. The Senate should waste no time in getting it done.
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."
Even without new legislation, there is nothing stopping gun dealers from raising concerns about customers, or denying a sale.
We were rescued by our grandmother, who walked softly and carried a big stick instead of a submachine gun.
Australia radically changed its gun laws after a 1996 massacre and bought back hundreds of thousands of guns from its citizens. Could the same work in the U.S.?
Progressive Twitter users lamented the massacre and used it as an example of the consequences of weak laws on gun ownership.
"When a culture is surrounded by, inundated by, and rewards things that celebrate death—whether it is zombies in television shows, the number of abortions—that we indiscriminately think is just okay."