The NRA Cancels Its Annual Meeting Again, Underscoring The Group’s Uncertain Future

The NRA Cancels Its Annual Meeting Again, Underscoring The Group's Uncertain Future

Wayne LaPierre, chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association, speaks during the NRA’s annual meeting in Indianapolis on April 27, 2019. The group has since canceled its annual gathering in both 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. One way the National Rifle Association projects its power is through the image of tens of thousands of members in a convention center, in front of the politicians who back the powerful gun rights organization. But this weekend, for the second year in a row, the NRA’s chosen convention center will stand empty, after the group was forced to cancel its annual meeting due to the COVID pandemic. The National Rifle Association planned to hold its 150th anniversary celebration during the convention, and even more importantly, the second cancellation in as many years has cost the organization money. “It has a very real impact on their finances, specifically because the NRA annual meeting is the largest fundraising event of the year for this group,” said Steve Gutowski, the founder of The Reload, a pro-Second Amendment gun issue publication. “It usually features over 80,000 attendees. It’s also a big rallying point for their membership.” The forced cancellation is the latest setback for an organization that has seen a series of financial and legal problems due to allegations of misconduct by its executives. In April 2019, a group of members revolted on the floor as reports of financial malfeasance by NRA executives bubbled up in the press. Members demanded a change in […]

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