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Daily Bulletin: Three NRA Board Members Resign in Latest Sign of Turmoil

Good morning, Bulletin readers. Denied their calls for reform, a trio of NRA board members are stepping down. That news leads your Friday roundup.

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Three NRA board members have resigned. In a letter sent Thursday, Esther Schneider, Sean Maloney, and Timothy Knight said they had been “stonewalled, accused of disloyalty, stripped of committee assignments, and denied effective counsel necessary to properly discharge our responsibilities.” The reform-minded board members last week called for an independent investigation to probe the self-dealing and excessive spending first revealed by our reportingICYMI: A newly obtained document shows that a National Rifle Association accountant raised billing and ethics concerns about an outside lawyer who’s become deeply involved in the group’s decision-making.

NEW from THE TRACE: NYPD deploys ‘scoop and run’ to rush Brownsville shooting victims to treatment. After a dozen people were shot at a crowded outdoor festival in Brooklyn last weekend, police officers ferried some of the victims to the hospital rather than wait for ambulances, a practice known as “scoop and run.” As The Trace reported last year, few police departments have official scoop and run policies, despite the tactic’s life-saving potential. Champe Barton has the story.

Gun reform groups to host Democratic candidate forum. March For Our Lives and Giffords invited the 2020 presidential hopefuls to a town hall discussion in Las Vegas. The event is set to take place on October 2, a day after the second anniversary of the city’s Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting. The organizations are billing it as the first presidential forum to exclusively address gun violence, and it will be open to any candidate who qualifies for the next Democratic primary debate in September.

Researchers say exposure to gun violence should be taken into account when evaluating childhood trauma. A Columbia University study concluded that youth exposure to shootings should be classified as an “adverse childhood experience” (ACE) and studied alongside traditional issues like abuse and neglect.

Sturm Ruger’s second-quarter sales are down 25 percent from the same period last year. In a conference call, the CEO of one of the nation’s largest gunmakers cited flagging demand for firearms.

An Oregon woman is suing the gun dealer who sold a firearm to her daughter’s killer. Bethany Schuch was fatally shot by her ex-boyfriend last year. Her mother has filed suit against the federally licensed firearms dealer, who operated out of his home, for not running a criminal background check against the perpetrator.

ONE LAST THING

Mass shootings you may have missed. All week we’ve been using this space to highlight recent incidents of gun violence in public spaces that have not drawn national media coverage. On June 10, 10 people were wounded when several people opened fire on a crowd outside a nightclub in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Police arrested one suspect. The shooting was targeted and the gunmen used semiautomatic rifles, police said