Layoffs hit NRATV after gun-rights group loses $55M in revenue

NRATV, the media wing of the National Rifle Association (NRA), has reportedly laid off several employees following a $55 million revenue drop for the nation's most prominent gun-rights lobby.

NRATV was launched in late 2016 and dubs itself the "online television platform of the powerful gun-rights lobby," including "two live news channels and 34 taped shows, all sponsored by gunmakers," according to its homepage. 

Its offerings include programs hosted by NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, CEO Wayne LaPierre, frequent Fox News guest Dan Bongino, and former Reagan National Security Council member Oliver North. 

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The layoffs were first reported in The Trace, a nonprofit online publication. It is not known how many employees are affected. 

Cameron Gray, a correspondent and producer for NRATV, took to Twitter to confirm the report of layoffs.  

“Some personal news: Just shy of my 10-year anniversary, me and several colleagues had their positions terminated this morning,” wrote Gray on Wednesday in a since-deleted tweet. "So, if you have or know of any jobs available in the DC-area, or any that can be done remotely, please let me know." 

Gray declined comment when reached by The Hill. 

On Tuesday, the Daily Beast reported it had obtained National Rifle Association tax records showing the organization's income drop $55 million from 2016 to 2017. 

The NRA reportedly saw a $55 million drop in revenue from $367 million in 2016 to $312 million in 2017, due in part to decreased donations and annual dues.

The tax records showed the NRA received $98 million in contributions in 2017, down from nearly $125 million in 2016, according to the report. 

The Hill has reached out to NRATV for comment.