New York AG sues and seeks to dissolve the National Rifle Association – National

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The New York State Attorney General on Thursday sued the disbandment of the National Rifle Association, alleging that senior leaders of the nonprofit had embezzled millions of dollars for personal gain and to buy silence and loyalty former employees.Attorney General Letitia James’ Manhattan court lawsuit alleges NRA executives paid for family trips to the Bahamas, private jets, and expensive meals that helped lower $ 64 million in balance sheet of the NRA in three years, turning a surplus into a deficit. .

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The NRA responded by prosecuting James in federal court, claiming that he had violated the NRA’s right to free speech and seeking to block his investigation.

James alleged in a statement that NRA leaders “have used millions upon millions of NRA reserves for personal use”, not respecting the NRA’s own internal policies in addition to state law. and federal.

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The mismanagement reduced the NRA’s balance sheet by $ 64 million in three years, according to the lawsuit.








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Announcing the trial, James told reporters that the NRA “has functioned as a breeding ground for greed, abuse and brazen illegality.” She added: “No one is above the law. ”

The lawsuit names the NRA and four executives, including Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president who has been at the top of management for nearly three decades.










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The showdown pits James, a Democrat, against the largest and most powerful arms organization in the United States, an organization closely aligned with President Donald Trump’s Republican Party.

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These actions are sure to further polarize a country where the NRA is revered by conservatives as a champion of the U.S. constitutional right to keep and bear arms and vilified by liberals as a catalyst for rampant gun violence.

The NRA called the trial a “premeditated, baseless attack” and a “takeover” linked to the US elections on November 3.

“Not only will we not back down from this fight – we will face it and we will win,” NRA President Carolyn Meadows said in a statement.

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Apparently expecting James’ trial, the NRA retaliated with its own prosecution in the Northern District of New York, claiming that James has been politically targeting the NRA since she ran for attorney general in 2018, vowing to “Take the NRA”. which she called a “criminal enterprise”.

Trump quickly called the lawsuit against the NRA “very terrible,” suggesting to reporters that the group should register in the much more gun-friendly state of Texas or “another state of their choosing.”

The NRA is subject to New York law because it is registered there as a non-profit organization. It also does most of its financial transactions in the state, making it difficult to escape New York’s reach. Its headquarters are in Fairfax, Virginia, approximately 30 miles west of Washington, DC.

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James’ lawsuit coincided with another brought against the NRA and its foundation by the Washington, DC Attorney General in Superior District Court, alleging the misuse of charitable funds and wasted spending.

Informing reporters, James denied that the New York trial was motivated by NRA support for Trump. His written statement said that the power of the NRA had remained unchecked for decades, “that is why today we seek to dissolve the NRA. “










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The NRA has faced opposition from gun control groups such as Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, both funded by billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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“We have been warning regulators and the public about this corruption for years,” Everytown said on Twitter.

Moms Demand Action sarcastically proposed that “our thoughts and prayers are with Wayne LaPierre and his cronies at the NRA,” mocking the commonly used refrain after mass shootings.



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