NRA boss says he didn’t tell gun-rights group’s leaders before entering bankruptcy

NRA boss says he didn’t tell gun-rights group’s leaders before entering bankruptcy

Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. DALLAS — Wayne LaPierre, the embattled leader of the National Rifle Association, said Wednesday that he put the powerful gun-rights group into bankruptcy without first informing most of its board members and top officials. LaPierre took the witness stand in the NRA’s high-stakes bankruptcy trial over whether it should be allowed to incorporate in Texas instead of New York, where a state lawsuit is trying to put the group out of business. LaPierre testified that he consulted with the NRA board’s three-member special litigation committee before filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January. But the notoriously secretive executive acknowledged he did not inform most of the 76-member board and the NRA’s other top leaders. LaPierre did not explain the secretiveness and a lawyer for the state of New York did not ask about it during his initial questions. He did, however, prompt LaPierre to explain the bankruptcy. “We filed this bankruptcy to look for a fair legal playing field where NRA could prosper and grow in a fair legal environment,” LaPierre said, “as opposed to what we believed had become a toxic, politicized, weaponized government in New York state.” The NRA’s lawyers have framed the bankruptcy as a legitimate effort to move to a more friendly political environment and avoid a legal death blow; New York’s attorneys have argued it’s an effort by […]

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