Recently released records from the Small Business Association show two of the country’s most active gun control groups received Coronavirus relief during the pandemic shut down in the form of Paycheck Protection Loans. The Brady Center To Prevent Gun Violence and The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence both received the loans they likely will not need to reimburse. And if taxpayers funding anti-gun organizations in any fashion isn’t bad enough, the Brady PAC has pledged to spend $4 million dollars helping elect Joe Biden – up to $1 million of it could be our money through this loan.
According to the Free Beacon:
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence received between $350,000 and $1 million on April 10 to support 41 employees, according to the Small Business Administration. The center is the educational arm of the Brady organization, which also features a political advocacy arm, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, as well as the political action committee Brady PAC. In March, the Brady PAC endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and announced it would spend $4 million to help elect him and other gun-control candidates to office.
Also on the list of recipients is Gabby Giffords political arm, The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. They received between $150,000 and $350,000.
An advanced search for gun rights organizations turns up none that received the loans, although not all names of those who received loans of less than $150,000 have been released.
Earlier this year, at the height of the Coronavirus meltdown, congress passed and the president signed the CARES Act which included billions in forgivable Payment Protection Loans meant to help keep small businesses afloat. These loans were meant to keep basic operations functioning and employees on payroll while the United States went into lockdown. They do not need to be repaid if the business can prove the funds were spent on the business and operations. That means it is unlikely either Giffords or Brady will be required to repay their loans.