Sorry Tom King, but you have outed yourself.

Sorry Tom King, but you have outed yourself

Tom you slipped up bad. You finally admitted your true colors to a reporter and have outed yourself.

By STS Staff
October 24, 2019

On Oct. 21 we found and broke the story to the 2A world that Tom King essentially wants to ban 80% lowers. Here is the link to the original story with his quote.

 

The head of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association said the sale of ghost guns is a growing problem.

“These ’80 percent’ guns are providing a way for prohibited people to buy a firearm,’ Tom King of the NYSRPA said, referring to people who don’t have a gun permit or are otherwise prohibited from possessing a gun.

He said self-assembled guns provide a way for competition shooters to make a custom-fitted firearm. Such weapons should have serial numbers and be registered — and any new legislation should consider such a provision, he said. But it appears increasingly, King said, people trying to evade the law are the ones buying and selling self-assembled weapons.

“It appears what was meant to be something for competitive shooters and serious shooters to build their own unique firearm may be turning into a criminal enterprise,’ King said. 

He then responded with the following (very oddly spaced) email, sourced from TTAG:

 

 

Let’s tear this apart a little.

“That article is wrong. To be clear: I do not support the banning of 80% lowers or any other firearm.”

Really Tom? Let’s return to your original statement.

” He said self-assembled guns provide a way for competition shooters to make a custom-fitted firearm. Such weapons should have serial numbers and be registered — and any new legislation should consider such a provision, he said.”

This is a ban on 80% lowers. Or at least, their main functionality. Despite what you say they aren’t made for “competition shooters to have a custom fitted firearm.” 80% lowers are made for the time honored tradition (and something that’s been legal since the founding of this country) of making your own firearm that the government doesn’t have knowledge of. There are perfectly legitimate reasons for doing so, and these guns are comparatively extremely rarely used in crimes. Building one of these isn’t something your average gang-banger is going to be able to figure out, frankly.

Let’s move on with another statement from Tom’s retort.

“So, let me set the record straight. I oppose all registration and believe all lawful gun owners have the right to own the firearm of his or her choice whenever and where ever they choose.”

Tom, you LITERALLY SAID YOU BELIEVE THEY SHOULD BE REGISTERED. You literally said that. It’s in the quote. It’s right there. You said “Such weapons should have serial numbers and be registered — and any new legislation should consider such a provision.” I’m sorry Tom, but you were caught red-handed here. You slipped up talking to a reporter and admitted your support for registration.

Let’s go back up to his reply:

“The quotes in question came from a thirty-minute Newsday interview that I conducted more than a month ago. Of course, only a couple sentences were used from that 30 minute conversation.”

Alright Tom. So the quotes are correct then? They are, I assume, or you would have denied their accuracy. Furthermore as you did it a month ago then you have had plenty of time to post a correction if they were indeed false quotes. Which leads me to believe that they’re perfectly accurate. And if you’re trying to claim they’re out of context, I can’t really see any context that would change their meaning.

Tom you slipped up bad. You finally admitted your true colors to a reporter and have outed yourself. There were already accusations of extreme impropriety against you regarding the NYSRPA (astute readers can google these accusations and determine their truthfulness for themselves – we make no claims as to the authenticity of such accusations), but this is really kind of a nail in your pro-2A coffin.

Step aside Gun Culture 1.0, and make way for Gun Culture 2.0. Your time is over.

 

Podcast Episode 6

Podcast Episode 6

Continuing our Podcast yesterday, we discussed Oliver North, 2A Rally and more!

By Ron Carter
October 15, 2019

Continuing our Podcast yesterday, we discussed Oliver North, 2A Rally and more! You can listen here or on your favorite podcast player! The podcasts are recorded and streamed live, which if you would rather watch you can do so on YouTube!

What If The NRA Falls?

What If The NRA Falls?

Save The Second continues to work for Reform at the NRA, so that they can me stronger, more credible and more effective in the future.

By Ron Carter
September 23, 2019

Many leaders at the 2019 Gun Rights Policy Conference were talking about the crisis at the NRA. Many see that the NRA could fail and are talking about what happens if the NRA Falls. Could it go bankrupt? Could the NY Attorney General shut them down? Could the Washington, DC AG strip Non-Profit Status?

A couple of speakers addressed “The Elephant in the Room” from the stage. In fact, that issue was important enough that Rob Pincus (Save The Second) and Jim Irvine (Buckeye Firearms Association) were scheduled as the first guest speakers on Saturday Morning. They didn’t waste the opportunity re-hashing the misdeeds of the NRA Leadership or listing the many problems in Fairfax.

Pincus & Irvine reminded everyone of a couple of important things, should the NRA Fall:

1. American Gun Owners are the Gun Lobby.
2. There are hundreds of legitimate organizations doing good work to defend our Second Amendment Rights.
3. It is harder to fight hundreds of organizations than just one.

Not surprisingly, their message resonated with the 1000 attendees at the 2019 Gun Rights Policy Conference, which is largely made of up of leaders from State, Local and Lifestyle Gun Rights Organizations…. organizations that are capable of picking up the slack and anxious to have access to more resources and opportunities if the NRA Falls.

GRPC is the premier Gun Rights Advocacy event of the year. It should be noted that not a single on of the 91 speakers, including a few NRA Representatives and at least one Board Member, took the opportunity to defend the current NRA Leadership or address the crisis from the stage.

Save The Second continues to work for Reform at the NRA, so that they can be stronger, more credible and more effective in the future.

Episode 4 – The NRA Board Meeting

Episode 4 – The NRA Board Meeting

In our fourth episode of the Save the Second Podcast we discussed the Fall NRA Board Meeting

By Ron Carter
September 22, 2019

In our fourth episode of the Save the Second Podcast we discussed the Fall NRA Board Meeting which was held on September 14th, 2019. Ron, Rob and Andy where in attendance.

Of course, you can listen on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart Radio and more or listen below.

Save The Second Talks About The NRA Board Meeting On NPR

Save The Second Talks About The NRA Board Meeting On NPR

Rob Pincus was invited back on to NPR’s Here & Now to talk about the experience that NRA Members had while attending the 2019 Fall Board Meeting.

By Ron Carter
September 18, 2019

Rob Pincus was invited back on to NPR’s Here & Now to talk about the experience that NRA Members had while attending the 2019 Fall Board Meeting. Members were not welcome and it was apparent that the NRA Leadership was completely unprepared for them to be present.

You can listen to the interview HERE.

Three Save The Second Board Members attended portions of the meetings last week in Herndon, VA.

Pincus last appeared on Here & Now to discuss the efforts of Save The Second to reform the NRA in August.

NRA Crisis And Save The Second: Polite Society Podcast #509

NRA Crisis And Save The Second: Polite Society Podcast #509

Rob Pincus joined the Polite Society Podcast to talk about the NRA Crisis, STS Proposed Reforms and the 2019 Fall Board Meeting.

By Ron Carter
September 17, 2019


Rob Pincus joined the Polite SocietyPodcast to talk about the NRA Crisis, STS Proposed Reforms and the 2019 Fall Board Meeting. LISTEN HERE #savethesecond

STS Board Members Discuss 2019 Fall NRA Board Meeting

STS Board Members Discuss 2019 Fall NRA Board Meeting

In this hour long conversation, the STS Board discusses the highlights, and the lowlights, of the experience… as well as the disappointing position that the Bylaws Committee took on our NRA Voting Member Petition Driven proposal to add a Minimal Attendance Rule for Board Members to the NRA Bylaws.

By Ron Carter
September 17, 2019

Three of our four Board Members were able to attend portions of the 2020 Fall NRA Board Meeting and interact with NRA Directors. Unfortunately, the NRA as an organization was not prepared or welcoming to any of the Members who attended the meetings, much less accommodating to the concerns of Save The Second.

In this hour long conversation, the STS Board discusses the highlights, and the lowlights, of the experience… as well as the disappointing position that the Bylaws Committee took on our NRA Voting Member Petition Driven proposal to add a Minimal Attendance Rule for Board Members to the NRA Bylaws.

Watch and Listen to Ron Carter, Anthony Garcia, Rob Pincus and Andy Lander discuss the 2019 Fall NRA Board Meeting HERE.

The NRA September Board Meeting Nutshell

The NRA September Board Meeting Nutshell

At the conclusion of his speech Wayne appointed Jason Ouimet to be the new head of NRA-ILA. However, he didn’t realize the board had to vote in Jason Ouimet so with a quick correction by Cotton the board was on to a vote which essentially approve LaPierre’s will.​

By Ron Carter
September 16, 2019

I just arrived home after concluding my first time attending an NRA Board Meeting. I flew from Dulles to Denver and drove another two hours and am still overloaded with what happened, what didn’t happen, who attended and who was absent.

First, I arrived at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport on Friday at noon and was only able to attend the Civil Affairs Committee Meeting. As you may have read from Rob’s post, the security was less than friendly and the executive sessions has been used to exclude interested/concerned members from learning more about their organization. The Civil Affairs Committee is chaired by Jim Porter and as he called the meeting to order I was still unaware of what committee meeting it was; I don’t recall him announcing it. No signs, itinerary or other publications were to be had that would give any indication. Nevertheless, it was still interesting while it lasted. The last thing mentioned before they went into executive session was from 2nd VP Willes Lee who ironically said, “The great work this committee does should be made public.”

The Friday evening gathering at the hotel bar was inspiring. Many directors stopped by and several concerned members joined us in discussing issues and speaking with directors who weren’t occupied.

Saturday morning there was some confusion about where breakfast was being held. Many directors mistakenly thought that breakfast was held in the area where the meetings took place. This resulted in several directors walking past us, while we waited in the hallway, multiple times as they searched for their colleagues.

The board meeting was called to order by President Carolyn Meadows who explained her absence from the Finance Committee was due to an illness effecting her voice. She had 1VP Charles Cotton assume her duties.

First was a matter of the roll call, which I believe (there was some discrepancy) that 55 of the current 71 directors attended.

Then there was a vote on a bylaw clarification for how board candidates would submit their request to waive the 5-year life membership requirement.

Then came the reports from board officers and staff. The reports from the board officers were nothing like I would have imagined. It was basically adulation of Wayne LaPierre. In Carolyn Meadows’ report she made an odd quip that was concerning. She said that several people had told her that she would go to jail. She laughed it off saying not to send her chocolate chip cookies because she doesn’t like them. Weird. Right?

1st VP Cotton gave a similar “report” congratulating Wayne LaPierre and then spoke about William Travis’ line in the sand at the Alamo, not “spreading lies”, and “Stand on the wall with us.”

2nd VP Lee echoed his co-Presidents and added a “we are at war,” speech that somehow came back to the statement “Wayne makes the NRA tick.”

Wayne LaPierre gave his speech next. Interesting, he’s created a “war room” which will now provide a rapid response to current events, social media and apparently the rapid manufacturing of 60-second videos. Three were shown during the open session of the board meeting. One of the lines that is going to be a phrase commonly repeated is “A kernel of truth in a bushel of lies” which seems to somehow address all the allegations from Ackerman McQueen, Oliver North, NY AG, NY Dept of Financial Services, DC AG and more apparently. It was exceptionally unclear what the lies and truths are exactly.

At the conclusion of his speech Wayne appointed Jason Ouimet to be the new head of NRA-ILA. However, he didn’t realize the board had to vote in Jason Ouimet so with a quick correction by Cotton the board was on to a vote which essentially approve LaPierre’s will.

There was then a break in the meeting and on return VP Cotton announced they would be going into executive session, which Ted Nugent opposed. He was overruled because he didn’t clarify (more motion) the extent of matter or time that he wanted the meeting to stay open. The meeting then went into a three-hour plus executive session with a working lunch.

When the meeting was finally opened back up shortly after 1:00pm, Save the Second’s bylaw amendment proposal, submitted by petition, was discussed and deferred by the bylaws committee for further review of “its merits.”

Prior to adjourning at 1:52pm, 1st VP Cotton thanked those board members for the candid discussions during executive session, particularly Ted Nugent and Duane Liptak.

More thoughts and commentary to come later.

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1 In 5 Million: A Member Attends Day 1 Of The NRA Board Meetings

1 In 5 Million: A Member Attends Day 1 Of The NRA Board Meetings

Yesterday, Save The Second Board Member Rob Pincus attended the NRA Board Meeting… for about 15 minutes. Unfortunately, he was the only 1 of 5 Million NRA Members that showed up to try to learn the truth about what was going on inside the NRA Board and to lobby for Reform inside the troubled organization. 

By Ron Carter
September 13, 2019

Yesterday, Save The Second Board Member Rob Pincus attended the NRA Board Meeting… for about 15 minutes. Unfortunately, he was the only 1 of 5 Million NRA Members that showed up to try to learn the truth about what was going on inside the NRA Board and to lobby for Reform inside the troubled organization. Ostensibly, the NRA Board Meetings, including the committee meetings that occur the days before the main events, are open to The Members. In practice, the NRA does not encourage Members to participate, nor do they make it easy.

According to his social media post, Rob’s day at the Board Meetings started off like this:

“To be honest, I would’ve preferred “Member” or “Voting Member” or “Life Member” over just “visitor”.
And, in case you are wondering what the Blue Dot is for…. it apparently might mean: “Have two big security guys come over less than a minute after check in and tell that guy that he has to leave.”
So, I guess it’s gonna be like that. 🙄
Facebook.com/pincusrob 9/12/19

After checking in at the security desk around 12:30pm, Rob was removed from the meeting area…. not a meeting room, not from trying to steal a free lunch with the Directors… from the entire meeting area at the hotel. He was at first told that he could not come back until Saturday Morning for the main Board Meeting. After challenging that he believed that Members were allowed to attend Committee Meetings, security relented and said he could return at 1:30 on the afternoon, but would not provide any details about what committees were meeting or in which specific rooms.

Rob returned to the meeting area at 1:30pm, the scheduled time for the Legal Affairs Committee. He was greeted by the same security supervisor that escorted him out of the area less than an hour before. He was told specifically where to sit in the room… and a security guard at next to him. Rob also noticed a newly printed sign was placed at the door as he arrived that said “No Photography”.

The meeting was called to order and began as one might expect. There was a roll call of Committee Members, of which most were in attendance. There were introductions of non-Board Members that were present because of their roll on the committee or at the Institute for Legislative Action. In total, there were about 40 Board Members (of 76) present. As it turns out, the NRA Board has decided to hold very few committee meetings this year and this was the only one being held in the afternoon. The meeting started with an update from the new head of the ILA Jason Ouimet . He talked about the Republican Party wins in North Carolina. He talked about the House of Representatives moving forward with efforts in regard to a Magazine Ban, Semi-Auto Ban and National Red Flag Law. Specifically, he referred to the latter being “a bad red flag law, with no due process.” He informed those in attendance that they could reference the packet of information they were provided with for more information. As you might have guessed, no packets were available for Members and Rob Pincus was told that he couldn’t have one when he asked for a copy.

Ouimet introduced the already controversial new General Counsel for the ILA, Wade Callendar. He assured the attendees that one of the key strengths of that choice was his ability to testify to the concept that violent first person shooter video games were contributing to the problem of violence in the US, as the NRA has often asserted.

Ouimet celebrated the appointment of over 150 new judges at the Federal Level by President Trump and talked about some specific activities in various States including KY, VA, MS, NJ, LA. He praised NH Gov. Sununu for vetoing recent gun control laws passed by their legislature. He lamented the gun control calls from the Lt. Gov. of Texas.

After his own updates, he invited the subcommittee chairpersons to provide updates. Scott Bach (State Issues) talked about trying to stop certain States from taking actions that would cross State borders in efforts to spread gun control. Graham Hill arrived a little late to the committee meeting because had actually been working on behalf of American Gun Owners on Capitol Hill. He didn’t have much to say about his subcommittee, which is apparently related to Congressional Activities. Todd Rathner heads the subcommittee on International Affairs and he said that they hadn’t yet met, but assured the attendees that International Issues are “complex and arcane, but important”.

At that point, Ouimet invited questions from the Board Members… but, the Old Guard wasn’t going to let that happen without taking the opportunity to suggest that the meeting be taken into Executive Session. The Chairman asked if there were any objections. Not a single Board Member raised their hand. Despite the rampant calls for transparency… even from several Board Members in attendance, no one spoke up to protect the interests of The Members. The next step was announcing that everyone who was not a Member of the NRA Board of Directors needed to leave. That was about 6 people… all but one invited participants including non-board member committee members and Chuck Michel, head of the NRA Affiliated California Rifle & Pistol Association. Only one person…. 1 out of 5 Million Eligible Members… that was there to represent concerned American Gun Owners interested in NRA Reform had to leave the room.

Rob had this to say:


“The thing that is bothering me right now: NRA claims 5 million Members. Members are ostensibly allowed to attend these meetings. Social media is on fire in regard to the crisis at the organization.
There was only one committee meeting this afternoon, one of the most important ones, the Legal Affairs Committee. There were less than 10 empty chairs in the room and I was basically given a personal security escort. The NRA wasn’t prepared for Members to attend, nor did they appear to want Members to attend. After the meeting went into Executive Session, I went to the Secretary’s Office adjacent to the meeting room to request a schedule of the meetings scheduled for the next day and, as the staffer was writing them down for me, Security showed up and told me I needed to leave. Rudely. They would not even let the staffer provide me with the information. At that point, NRA Director Robert Brown came over to see what was going on and Security insisted that I leave the entire meeting area forcing the Director to walk out into the hallway to finish his conversation with me. Security was smug and increasingly aggressive as the short moment went on.”

Today, the committee meetings are continuing with the very important Finance Committee meeting at 9am. Rob Pincus will be returning. Hopefully, he won’t be the only concerned member there.

If you are a concerned NRA Member, you should be there too. Certainly, we need as many NRA Members as possible to be at the main Board Meeting on Saturday the 14th at the Washington Dulles Airport Hilton in Herndon, VA. The security check in table will open at 7:30 AM. All you need is your NRA Membership Number and a photo ID. Let the NRA Directors know that you care.

We have also called for a gathering of American Gun Owners this evening to attempt to discuss the issues facing the NRA and to engage with the many Directors at the venue. STS Board Member Andy Lander was able to join Rob at the venue last night and they did have many great conversations with several Directors.

Save the Second will continue to push for Reform at the NRA and represent the voices of concerned American Gun Owners, but we need more NRA Members to join this fight!

It Is Over, But It Is Just Getting Started

It Is Over, But It Is Just Getting Started

The 76 in 76 campaign was a small campaign that led up to this week. This week is a very important week for the history of the NRA. 

By Ron Carter
September 11, 2019

We have reached the conclusion of the #76in76 campaign. The campaign was a call for you to contact each of the seventy-six NRA board of directors before the Fall NRA Directors meeting which is now on September 14th in Virginia. For the campaign we used data that we had pieced together on who the board members are and what means of contact information we could find. You can view the NRA Board of Director list and information here. We started on June 27th with Alan Cors and finished Monday September 9th with William Satterfield, asking you to contact your directors and fix our NRA. If you aren’t aware of the problems plaguing the NRA go to Why Reform. During this campaign we witnessed six directors resign. Along the way we encountered new revelations of malfeasance, corruption and other terrible things that do not belong inside our NRA (such as the mansionwasteful luxury travelJosh Powell’s sexual harassment settlementMarion Hammer’s illegal loans and more.) We also saw more people calling for the NRA to reform. David Dell’Aquila even filed a class action lawsuit against the NRA. The 76 in 76 campaign was a small campaign that led up to this week. This week is a very important week for the history of the NRA. It is the Fall Board Meeting. Just before the Spring Board meeting in Indianapolis this year, Jeff Knox wrote and opinion on ammoland titled:

NRA’s Future: Only Two Options, Can the BOD Save Us?


Mr. Knox’s prediction 141 days ago seem to be coming into vivid reality, today. I still have hope that the Board of Directors can be the solution but in order for them to be the solution any directors that are on the fence between the LaPierre loyalist and real reform need to be persuaded. It is not too late to contact these directors and if you want to see the NRA reformed so that these instances of corruption do not occur again, please, stop what you are doing and write as many emails, facebook messages, tweets, smoke signals or other means of communication using the list to do it!

Dear Mrs Hammer

Dear Mrs Hammer

Now, it is reported that you have taken out illegal loans thanks to your nonprofit, Unified Sportsmen of Florida, at a super low interest so that you could buy and refinance real estate. 

By Ron Carter
September 6, 2019

Save the Second is eagerly anticipating this upcoming Saturday which is the Fall NRA Board Meeting where we hope to see positive change in our beloved National Rifle Association. Hope to see you there and we look forward to speaking with you about this.

We have discussed you, Mrs Hammer, in depth since you continually attack NRA members who you imagine pose a threat to you (i.e. Adam KrautDavid Dell’Aquila and Save the Second) and ferociously defend Wayne LaPierre.

In your first letter attacking Save the Second, you were mistaken about many things (including our website address), but in your latest letter attacking us you intentionally insinuate that we are “maliciously encourag[ing] the harassment of NRA board members who oppose attempts to oust NRA leadership.” No, we only encourage members to be active in their organization. Contacting their elected directors is a means by which they can be active. As there was no prior convenient way to contact our directors we set out to create a means by which members could! Surely you’ll agree that doing so is prudent! Your constituents have a voice in their organization. I implore you to listen.

Now, it is reported that you have taken out illegal loans thanks to your nonprofit, Unified Sportsmen of Florida, at a super low interest so that you could buy and refinance real estate. We know that our NRA has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to your nonprofit, including $270,000 in 2018. Is this where our member dues and charitable donations are going? To help purchase and refinancing your personal real estate, Mrs Hammer?

The NRA Board of Directors (BoD) are elected. It is the duty of the BoD to “formulate policies and govern and have general oversight of the affairs and property of the Association…” (NRA Bylaws Article IV, Sec 2).

Judging by these allegations against you and your constant attacks on those of us who exercise their “duty … to assist in every feasible manner in promoting the objectives of the Association… (NRA Bylaws Article III Sec 9[a]) one might conclude that you are desperately trying to silence those of us who demand integrity and accountability. Why else would you seek to slander our goals? Is a requirement for director attendance a nefarious proposition? Perhaps term limits, a smaller boardmember engagement or an exclusive 2A focus are?

Could it be that you are afraid that more will find out that you have violated NRA Bylaws Article V, Sec 5 (a) which states “No Director or member of the Executive Council shall receive any salary or other private benefit unless specifically authorized by resolution of the Board of Directors or an authorized committee thereof…” as David Dell’Aquila is investigating?

I can say only one thing with certainty:


We at Save the Second are in favor of a strong, relevant, effective, and accountable NRA that is free of corruption, malfeasance, empty chairs, sexual harassment, crime, or other unscrupulous iniquity that has been allowed or committed by our National Rifle Association of America’s leadership.

New ILA General Counsel Brings More Baggage And No Specific Experience To The Job…

New ILA General Counsel Brings More Baggage And No Specific Experience To The Job…

The NRA has been typically opaque with Members and American Gun Owners about this hire, although it was announced internally.

By Ron Carter
September 6, 2019

Yesterday, we posted an article to the Friends of Save the Second discussion group about concerns with the new ILA General Counsel…. it went mostly unnoticed, but there was some back-channel challenge from people who couldn’t verify that Wade Callender has been hired as the new deputy executive director and general counsel for the NRA’s lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action. The NRA has been typically opaque with Members and American Gun Owners about this hire, although it was announced internally. We were tipped off to the lawyer’s problematic background and thought it was worth starting a conversation about.

The ILA’s new Top Lawyer has no political experience and has argued against some of the NRA’s positions in the past.

The article released this afternoon by CNN confirms the hire publicly and spells out three primary concerns about Wade Callender:

1. Callender has no apparent experience in politics or policy issues, nor does he have any ties to the Firearms Industry.

2. Callender comes to the already troubled NRA while he is embroiled in a public legal dispute with his former employer that involves allegations of financial malfeasance and corporate irresponsibility.

3. Callender comes from an industry that the Wayne LaPierre and others in the community have frequently attacked over the past decade, specifically from a company that produced “violent video games”.

 

From today’s CNN Article:

The former Gearbox employee previously worked as a trial attorney in Maryland and served as a judge advocate with the Navy, according to his LinkedIn page. His registration with the Texas Bar lists his specialties as intellectual property and entertainment law.

Callender’s hire, which was announced internally earlier this week, has already sparked concern within the organization.

A source said staffers are perplexed about why the NRA would hire someone with no apparent political experience from an industry LaPierre has demonized, particularly at a time when the issue of gun control is back in the news following a spate of mass shootings.

(September 6th Article on cnn.com)

The article goes on to cover the baggage that Callender is bringing with him:

He departed Gearbox on sour terms. Ever since, he and Gearbox CEO Randall Pitchford II (who also happened to be Callender’s decades-long best friend) have been trading jaw-dropping accusations in lawsuits.

The lawsuit against Callender accuses him of using Gearbox as his personal piggy bank and lending agency.

“While Callender regularly used the Gearbox credit card for anticipated business expenses such as airfare and meals related to business travel, he also abused the privilege of credit card access by charging unapproved, wholly personal expenses, including family vacations, gun club memberships and firearms accessories, and trying to get six-pack abs,” Gearbox attorneys alleged in their lawsuit.

(September 6th Article on cnn.com)

Before you start thinking that this is some kind of isolated “hit piece” from CNN, an article from a few months ago in D Magazine spells out the specific allegations of Callender’s wrongdoing in more detail… and it sounds a lot like the same things many of the current NRA Leadership and Directors are being accused of: Taking advantage of their positions for personal gain.

…Gearbox also claim that Callender persuaded them that he could add value with an executive MBA from Pepperdine, eschewing local MBA programs. They say that Gearbox paid the entire cost associated with the MBA, including tuition and “hotel and first class airfare to Southern California multiple times per month”—to the tune of over $125,000.

On top of that, Gearbox maintains that in 2017 and 2018, when Callender “found himself involved in contentious litigation regarding personal matters in Maryland,” it paid for the GC’s legal fees and expenses totaling more than $50,000. Gearbox also alleges that Callender abused the corporate American Express account by “charging unapproved, wholly personal expenses” that included family vacations to Disneyland, memberships to gun clubs like the Frisco Gun Club, and “trying to get six-pack abs” through charges to “sixpackshortcuts.com.”

The most expensive such abuse, says Gearbox, came on Callender’s last day of employment when he obtained an increase on the American Express line of credit for the purpose of making a $17,000 payment to his Maryland attorneys, incurred the charge, and then “emptied his office and resigned as general counsel” without repaying the expense as promised.

D Magazine, May 2019

If you’ve never heard of “D Magazine”, it’s a Dallas lifestyle and local news publication. Guess what other controversial lawyer associated with the NRA and dealing with his own issues is from Dallas? William Brewer, III…infamous lead counsel for Wayne LaPierre and frequent donor to Liberal Politicians who have taken strong pro-gun control positions. We have to ask if there is a connection to the new ILA General Counsel?

 

Who’s making these horrible decisions?

 

We are left to wonder, once again, who is making these decisions at the NRA HQ? Is it really Wayne LaPierre acting independently? Is is the Executive Committee of The Board of Directors? Is it William Brewer becoming the new Tail Wagging the Dog after the break-up with Ackerman-McQueen?
We know it isn’t the Board of Directors as a whole. We know it isn’t the Voting Members of the NRA. And, we certainly know it isn’t the average American Gun Owner.
We at savethe2a.org continue to work with and represent those who want a stronger and more effective NRA that we can be proud of. Join our mailing list and follow us on Facebook, Instagram & Youtube.