The National Rifle Association gets millions of dollars from domestic and foreign gun manufacturers and other members of the firearms industry through an organized corporate outreach program, the Washington, D.C.,-based Violence Policy Center said today. A center report, “Blood Money: How the Gun Industry Bankrolls the NRA” says that since 2005 contributions from gun industry “corporate partners” to the NRA total between $14.7 million and $38.9 million.
Despite what the center says are the NRA’s historical claims that it is not financially allied with the gun industry, including the disclaimer on its website that it “is not affiliated with any firearm or ammunition manufacturers or with any businesses that deal in guns and ammunition,” NRA “corporate partners” include many of the world’s best known gunmakers as well as such companies as Xe, the new name of Blackwater Worldwide–known for its abuses in the Iraq war–which alone contributed between $500,000 and $999,999 to the NRA since 2005. Among the NRA's “corporate partners” who gave $25,000 or more to the organization are 22 that manufacture firearms. One manufacturer, Beretta, donated one million dollars to the NRA for work to overturn gun control laws after the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized an individual right to possess a handgun in the home for self-defense.