New York attorney general says NRA boss kept board in the dark over planned bankruptcy

A lawyer representing the New York attorney general accused Wayne LaPierre, head of the National Rifle Association, of hiding from his board his plan to bankrupt the gun rights group.

Mr LaPierre unilaterally allowed the January 11 Chapter 11 filing without the proper approval of the NRA board of directors, said Gerrit Pronske, an attorney representing the New York attorney general’s office, in a virtual hearing Wednesday in US bankruptcy court in Dallas.

“Filing this bankruptcy was the NRA’s best kept secret,” Mr. Pronske said. “Except, you can’t keep an act a secret from the people who have to approve the act.”

The allegation, which the NRA denies, underlies New York Attorney General Letitia James’ argument that the bankruptcy case was filed in bad faith and should be dismissed or, failing that, that An independent director should be appointed to take charge of the NRA. , wresting control from Mr. LaPierre and the board of directors. Ms James filed a complaint last August seeking to dissolve the organization.

The NRA, a nonprofit registered in New York since 1871, said in a press release that the bankruptcy had been filed appropriately and was part of a larger strategy to get out of a “political environment. toxic “and reintegrate in Texas.

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