UPDATED: Who is Richard Feldman?

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Richard Feldman, president of the Independent Firearm Owners Association, Inc.  called me early this afternoon in response to an email I had sent, but only took two questions.

I asked about his membership numbers.

“We’re a little over 5,000 – a small group. We just got going last month in terms of membership,” he said.

I asked him for a copy of the IFOA’s IRS form 990. He wanted the request in writing. I sent an email. I have not heard back.

I then asked him to describe the circumstances surrounding his departure from NRA.

“I’m sure opinions vary,” he said. “I am not going to conduct this conversation at the moment. We’ll have to arrange another time for this discussion.”

Feldman then hung up the phone.

Earlier:

If you’ve watched cable TV coverage of the ongoing gun debate, you’ve seen Richard Feldman.

He calls himself the president of a supposed pro-gun group called the Independent Firearm Owners Association, Inc.

I had never heard of them.

Feldman is also the author of the book “Ricochet, Confessions of a Gun Lobbyist,” in which he blasts he former employer, the National Rifle Association.

Feldman supports some of the current gun control initiatives. Lately he’s practically living under the Klieg lights of one TV news studio or another.

Feldman is in demand.

A closer look at his group, however, raises questions.

The IFOA website looks like it was hastily thrown together. It’s chock full of typos and incomplete sentences.

Some of the group’s positions also raise questions, and eyebrows.

I am sure, however, the site is receiving a lot of traffic, because Feldman is granting interviews nearly every day.

It’s newsworthy when a supposed pro-gun group backs gun control. There are stories about a “schism” within the gun community.

Right.

When it comes to gun groups, there is NRA and then there’s everybody else.

Become a discriminating news consumer.

Realize that an alleged pro-gun group may consist only of a website and a handful of followers, and that the group’s president may be taking controversial positions not because he believes they will make the country safer, but because he’s writing another book.

 

 

 

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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