This week, Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) joined the show to respond to questions about the group’s finances.
As I promised on the previous podcast, I asked Gottlieb about the ins and out of how the two non-profits he’s a director of interact with the private entities he operates and what safeguards are in place to ensure the groups aren’t being overcharged. He said SAF and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) have boards that approve the contracts with the private companies he owns, and he has no say over those decisions. He noted the relationships have been disclosed on the group’s financial filings for decades, as required by law.
He also attacked Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D.) for a year-long investigation into the group that has yet to produce any charges or legal action. He accused Ferguson of targeting the gun-rights groups because they have started several lawsuits against the state’s gun laws in recent years. He compared the investigation to harassment and said they filed a civil rights suit against the state over the cost of compiling the documents they requested and the lost man-hours involved in complying with the AG’s various demands.
He said The Wall Street Journal, which broke the news of the investigation and raised questions about the gun groups’ finances, was negligent in repeating some of the accusations the AG has reportedly pursued without proper context. Gottlieb said one of the groups the paper implied he was profiting off of is actually a co-op that operates at cost. He said the other company he owns that does business with SAF and CCRKBA offers services at below-market rates.
Gottlieb answered several other questions about how the groups have operated under his leadership over the years. And he gave an update on SAF’s latest lawsuits against New Jersey and Maryland’s latest gun-carry restrictions.
Plus, Contributing Writer Jake Fogleman and I discuss the Supreme Court’s decision not to issue an emergency injunction against an Illinois city’s AR-15 ban.
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