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‘We Are Dumping New York’: NRA Moving To Texas

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An National Rifle Association (NRA) logo is displayed above members during the NRA annual meeting of members in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North has announced that he will not serve a second term as the president of the NRA amid inner turmoil in the gun-rights group. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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On Friday, the National Rifle Association announced it was leaving New York and filing petitions for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Texas, though the organization asserted that it is “financially solvent.”

In a newsletter released Friday, Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, stated:

We are DUMPING New York, and we are pursuing plans to reincorporate the NRA in Texas. To facilitate the strategic plan and restructuring, the NRA and one of its subsidiaries have filed voluntary chapter 11 petitions in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. As you may know, chapter 11 proceedings are often utilized by businesses, nonprofits and organizations of all kinds to streamline legal and financial affairs. …

We are leaving the state of an attorney general who, just a few months ago, vowed to put us out of business through an abuse of legal and regulatory power. In fact, the gross overreach of the New York Attorney General and New York Governor has been resoundingly criticized by powerful national groups like the ACLU and a host of prominent legal scholars. …Under this plan, we seek protection from New York officials who illegally abused and weaponized the powers they wield against the NRA and its members.

After New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, announced last August she was filing a lawsuit to “dissolve the NRA,” David Cole, national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, denounced the move, writing in The Wall Street Journal:

You may have your own opinions about the NRA, but all Americans should be concerned about this sort of overreach. If the New York attorney general can do this to the NRA, why couldn’t the attorney general of a red state take similar action against the ACLU, the AFL-CIO, Common Cause, or Everytown for Gun Safety?

Our democracy is premised on the right of association. The First Amendment protects not only the right to speak, but also to band together with others to advance one’s views. Making or resisting change in a democracy requires collective action, and a healthy democracy therefore demands a robust “civil society.” The right to associate can’t survive if officials can shut down organizations with which they disagree. The Supreme Court has notably invoked that right to protect union members, Communist Party adherents, the Boy Scouts and the NAACP.

The New York attorney general issued a press release on Aug 6, 2020, announcing the lawsuit, which stated in part:

New York Attorney General Letitia James today filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA), the largest and most influential pro-gun organization in the nation. Attorney General James charges the organization with illegal conduct because of their diversion of millions of dollars away from the charitable mission of the organization for personal use by senior leadership, awarding contracts to the financial gain of close associates and family, and appearing to dole out lucrative no-show contracts to former employees in order to buy their silence and continued loyalty.

The press release asserted that the lawsuit charged LaPierre, former Treasurer and CFO Wilson Phillips, former Chief of Staff Joshua Powell, and Corporate Secrtetary and General Counsel John Frazier with “failing to manage the NRA’s funds and failing to follow numerous state and federal laws, contributing to the loss of more than $64 million in just three years for the NRA.”

James stated, “The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets. The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse, which is why, today, we seek to dissolve the NRA, because no organization is above the law.”

The press release added: “The NRA is alleged to have fostered a culture of noncompliance and disregard for internal controls that led to the waste and loss of millions in assets and contributed to the NRA reaching its current deteriorated financial state.”

LaPierre fired back on Twitter: “This is an unconstitutional, premeditated attack aiming to dismantle and destroy the NRA – the fiercest defender of America’s freedom at the ballot box for decades. The NRA is well governed, financially solvent, and committed to good governance. We’re ready for the fight. Bring it on.”

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