Pete Brownell is the newly elected President of the National Rifle Association (NRA) which is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, less than 20 miles from Washington, D.C. It is listed as a 501©(4) non-profit organization with 5 million members. Brownell is the grandson of Bob Brownell, founder of Brownells, the world’s largest supplier of firearm parts, gunsmithing tools, equipment and accessories. Based in Iowa, Brownells is reportedly one of the NRA’s largest corporate donors.
On the Brownells website, visitors can purchase high-capacity magazines for handguns and assault rifles, including magazines that hold up to 30 bullets. After the Newton, Connecticut mass shooting on December 14, 2012, Pete Brownell wrote on AR15.com (on December 20) that his company sold approximately 3.5 years worth of magazines in 72 hours. On the day after the Las Vegas shooting, the Brownells Twitter account posted a video demonstrating how easy it is to assemble a Ruger 10/22 rifle. The next day, the company posted a video review of a new line of rifle optics for distance targets.
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