The National Rifle Association said on Friday it would defend New York Attorney General Letitia James’s attempt to shut it down in a state court in Manhattan, and dropped its own case to block its efforts.
The NRA made the decision after a federal judge on May 11 dismissed the gun rights group’s bankruptcy case in January, which he called an improper effort to evade regulatory oversight of James and gain a “judicial advantage. unfair”. see More information
Jamessied the NRA last August, accusing it of corruption, including embezzling millions of dollars to officials like Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre, its leader for three decades. She is also seeking LaPierre’s removal.
“Wayne LaPierre and his lieutenants used the NRA as fertile ground for personal gain and a luxurious lifestyle,” James said in a statement. “Our fight for transparency and accountability will continue because no one is above the law.”
Founded in 1871 in New York, the NRA sued James in the state capital, Albany, on the same day the attorney general filed the case.
She later filed similar counterarguments in the Manhattan case, accusing James of violating her constitutional rights to free speech in a politically motivated “retaliation campaign” because the Democrat didn’t like what she stood for.
Dropping the Albany case “will ensure that the NRA’s claims proceed promptly for discovery and a full defense of the rights of its members,” said NRA attorney William Brewer in a statement.
The NRA has been instrumental in thwarting Democrat-backed gun control measures in the US Congress and making gun rights a central objective of Republican Party policy.
In rejecting the bankruptcy case after a 12-day trial, US bankruptcy judge Harlin Hale in Dallas blamed LaPierre for fixing it without notifying his board of directors.
Hale also warned that another bankruptcy filing could result in the appointment of an outside trustee to run the NRA, while adding that trial testimony suggests the group “now understands the importance of compliance.”
The case is New York vs. The National Rifle Association of America Inc et al., Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York, No. 451625/2020.