>>For about two decades, Democrats were running scared of the NRA. And I think Parkland changed that.>>Trying to get so many people registered to vote.>>When the kids of Parkland started this incredible grassroots movement…>>This does not just lie in the city of Parkland.>>It captivated constituents. Democratic lawmakers started hearing from people back home, “Hey, why aren’t you doing anything?”>>NARRATOR: The Parkland students had helped put gun control on the agenda of the 2018 midterms. The NRA was under fire.>>I’ll take on the NRA, ban assault rifles, ban bump stocks.>>One out of five guns are obtained without a background check.>>(bleep) the NRA.>>NARRATOR: For the first time…>>These weapons have no place…>>NARRATOR: Hundreds of Democrats were taking on the NRA.>>I’ll fight the gun lobby.>>Because the NRA is an embarrassment, and weapons I used in Iraq have no business on our streets.>>We had had a moment. We had had a chance to turn the tides, and we fundamentally did.>>This is CNN breaking news.>>This is a very significant defeat for Mr. Trump, a historic accomplishment for the Democrats.>>NARRATOR: And on Election Night, a big victory for those Democrats who challenged the NRA.>>Democrats picked up more than two dozen House seats to take control for the first time in eight years.>>Many of them are from red districts, some of whom represent districts that haven’t been in Democratic hands since the early 1960s. Those people are not NRA supporters.>>Let me hear you scream!>>♪ I’m all the way up, oh All the way up, all the way up All the way up I’m all the way up… ♪>>NARRATOR: One candidate who won was Letitia James…>>New York now has a new state attorney general.>>NARRATOR: …the New York attorney general.>>New York State’s top legal official, and Tish James made history today.>>Democrat Letitia “Tish” James, and…>>And our nation is at a pivotal moment in history, and we are careening…>>NARRATOR: She immediately turned her sights on the NRA.>>We need an attorney general who will go after gun manufacturers and the NRA.>>NARRATOR: As attorney general, James would go after the NRA from a new angle, to try and weaken it from the inside.>>The New York Attorney General has a lot of power. She can subpoena their records, and she can look into precisely how they are raising and spending money.>>She was going to dig in and see what exactly were they doing, how were they spending their money.>>The National Rifle Association is under investigation by New York State’s attorney general..>>The NRA in crisis, with the New York attorney general launching an investigation…>>New York’s Attorney General’s Office has opened an investigation…>>And so, that became a really significant threat to the NRA.>>$200,000 in NRA…>>NARRATOR: Then, a big break that would feed the investigation.>>Wayne LaPierre looting the coffers.>>Complaint about the NRA’s tax-exempt status…>>NARRATOR: Leaks from inside the NRA.>>…extracted hundreds of millions of dollars…>>NARRATOR: Allegations of lavish spending and financial misconduct by LaPierre.>>The NRA spent more than $200,000 of its members’ donations…>>NARRATOR: There were bills for nearly $300,000 from a Beverly Hills clothing store, private jets to the Bahamas, and plans for a $6 million mansion on a Dallas golf course.>>There were a lot of people around NRA looking to be rich. Can’t imagine any other nonprofit in the entire country that has a similar mission where people are making so much money.>>NARRATOR: Aaron Davis spent a decade as an NRA fundraiser. This is the first time he has spoken on camera.>>The hypocrisy of it all is that the membership who gives $25 doesn’t, they don’t know where their money’s going.>>NARRATOR: To date, Attorney General James has issued subpoenas to nearly 100 former and current NRA officials. LaPierre has denied any wrongdoing, but the investigation has thrown the NRA and its leadership into crisis.>>Now you see a Wayne LaPierre who’s under siege and backed into a corner. And the NRA is vulnerable to these investigations into its finances that are ongoing. So, it’s just mired in internal problems and, you know, dysfunction.