The NRA board retroactively approved the group's bankruptcy. An article published by The Trace this weekend reported that the NRA's bankruptcy plan was kept secret even from top NRA officials and that the group filed for Chapter 11 on January 15 without the informed consent of board members. The New York attorney general, some NRA vendors, and a few NRA directors have all questioned the legitimacy of the move. At an emergency meeting in Dallas yesterday, the board ratified the bankruptcy. What's next: Hearings on whether to dismiss the bankruptcy as pursued in bad faith are slated to start on April 5. Should the case be dismissed, the resolution authorizes a refiling of the bankruptcy and calls for the continued services of NRA law firm Brewer Attorneys & Counselors. More on the NRA’s attempt to escape a legal reckoning: In my latest piece, I report how the law offices of William A. Brewer III, the gun group’s outside counsel, spent at least five months developing the NRA’s plan to declare bankruptcy and reincorporate in another state in order to slip free from New York Attorney Letitia James’s investigation. It’s a strategy some insiders view with skepticism, and raises further questions about whether Brewer is protecting NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre at the expense of the organization. — Will Van Sant, staff writer

Dissident NRA board members called for a new committee to represent the interest of gun group members in the bankruptcy case. Directors Phillip Journey, Rocky Marshall, Owen Mills, and former NRA board member Esther Schneider made the request in a Friday filing. The New York attorney general and NRA leaders have each opposed past attempts to involve members in their legal clash.

Off the national media's radar, there have been a string of mass shootings since Boulder. Since last Monday, at least seven people were killed and 54 others injured in 11 separate incidents nationwide, according to Gun Violence Archive. Four of the shootings — in Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Virginia Beach — left at least seven people shot. As my colleague Champe Barton reported last week, mass shootings (defined by GVA as those with four or more victims killed or injured) skyrocketed last year and remain high through the first three months of 2021. “The fear that a lot of Americans are struggling with and facing right now is the fear that people in our neighborhoods have been living with and navigating for decades,” Greg Jackson, an advocate for gun violence prevention, told him.

Police reform task force issues recommendations for officer training. The bipartisan Council on Criminal Justice’s Task Force on Policing — made up of experts from police departments and law enforcement unions, activists, politicians, and criminal justice reformers — called for national certification and training standards, widespread de-escalation policies, and the adoption of procedural justice protocols to promote respectful interactions between police and the communities they serve. The report also said it found no evidence that implicit bias training has mitigated racial disparities in policing. In January, the task force called for mandating that officers intervene when they witness excessive force, an end to choke holds, and restrictions on no-knock raids.

$17.5 million — the amount the NRA paid William Brewer’s firm in the 90 days before its bankruptcy filing, per disclosures. That’s more than the gun group spent on the 2020 presidential race. [The Trace]
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