The National Rifle Association’s sway in the nation’s capital may be waning at a time when two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas are reigniting the debate about enacting new gun restrictions.

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In the past few months, the gun rights group’s president stepped aside; its top lobbyist resigned; and allegations of financial misconduct at the highest levels of the group have burst into the open.

Amid allegations of impropriety, the New York and Washington, D.C., attorneys general have launched investigations.

Last week, three NRA board members publicly stepped down, protesting that they couldn’t get straight information about the group’s financial affairs.

“They’ve lost some of their ability to respond because they are distracted, they are losing funding, and they are losing support,” said Rob Pincus, a spokesperson for Save the Second, a pro-gun rights group — but one that wants accountability reforms inside the NRA.

 

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