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Gun Control Advocates Hope To Move Past Weaker NRA, But Its Political Clout Persists

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have launched a free online gun violence prevention course. Elizabeth Fernandez/Getty Images hide caption

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Free Gun Violence Prevention Course Launches To Educate Young Activists

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National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre faced criticism from the group's board members as allegations about financial mismanagement surfaced. Michael Conroy/AP hide caption

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President Trump holds up an executive order he signed at an NRA event Friday, announcing that the United States will drop out of the Arms Trade Treaty that was signed during the Obama administration. Lucas Jackson/Reuters hide caption

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The Democratic additions to the Violence Against Women Act exposed fault lines within the GOP as it wrestles with how to regain support among women. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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House Passes Bill Protecting Domestic Abuse Victims; GOP Split Over Gun Restrictions

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Thousands of people participate in the March for Our Lives protest in New York City in March 2018. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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NRA Facing Most Formidable Opposition Yet, A Year After Parkland

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Why NRA Infiltrator Maria Butina Decided To Help Government Investigations

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Helping a spouse or parent who has dementia steer clear of hazards can include ridding the home of all guns. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption

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Firearms And Dementia: How Do You Convince A Loved One To Give Up Their Guns?

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Activists from Concerned Women for America make a stop on their bus tour in Indianapolis, where Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is facing pressure from the right as he prepares to vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh just weeks before Election Day. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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Kavanaugh Fight Puts Vulnerable Senators In A Tight Spot

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, shown here speaking at an event last month, has described the NRA's lawsuit against him as "frivolous." Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Is Cuomo Threatening NRA's Existence? He Says: 'I'd Like To Believe It's True'

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The National Rifle Association, which held its annual meeting in Dallas in May, has filed a lawsuit against New York state officials claiming they are pressuring financial institutions to stop doing business with the organization. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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A policeman puts up crime scene tape around the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Okla on Thursday. Police say an armed gunman injured three people at a restaurant before being shot dead by two armed civilians outside. Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman via AP hide caption

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Russian official Alexander Torshin, appearing in Moscow in 2016, was sanctioned by the U.S. government in April, suspending years of travel back to 2009 during which he cultivated ties with American conservatives. Alexander Shalgin/Tass hide caption

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Documents Reveal How Russian Official Courted Conservatives In U.S. Since 2009

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Retired U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North speaks before giving the invocation at the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum in Dallas on Friday. The NRA announced Monday that North will become president of the association within a few weeks. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association's convention in May 2016 in Louisville, Ky. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Pledged To Take On The NRA; Now He's Speaking At Group's Annual Convention

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Tim Harmsen says he's dissatisfied with the NRA's recent compromises, but he still plans to attend the annual convention. Military Arms Channel hide caption

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Ahead Of Annual NRA Convention, A Member Says It's Sacrificing His Rights

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Wayne LaPierre, left, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, speaks at the NRA convention in 2015. A Russian politician who claims to know President Trump through the group says he saw him at that convention. Mark Humphrey/AP hide caption

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Vice President Pence will deliver the keynote address at the annual NRA convention in Dallas on Friday in front of an audience that won't be carrying any guns. Chuck Burton/AP hide caption

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The National Rifle Association is responding to a request from a top congressional Democrat over foreign funding amid questions about its possible role in Russia's 2016 election meddling. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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