Wayne LaPierre, the leader of the National Rifle Association of America who served for decades as a fierce protector of the Second Amendment, advocating for firearms owners and manufacturers, announced his resignation on Friday – days before his civil trial is set to begin. LaPierre is stepping down as executive vice president and chief executive officer, effective January 31, the NRA said in a statement. Andrew Arulanandam, an NRA executive and head of general operations, will become the interim CEO and executive vice president of the organization, the NRA said on its website. (,…) New York Attorney General Letitia James in 2020 filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, claiming the organization violated laws for non-profit groups, committed tax fraud and took millions for personal use. A spokesperson for the attorney general’s office confirmed to CNN the case will still go to trial in the New York Supreme Court on Monday, LaPierre attended jury selection this week for the trial, which is expected to last between six and eight weeks. It will take place after several efforts by the NRA to dismantle the Manhattan court case by moving it out of state or filing appeals alleging the case is politically motivated by James’ office. Judge Joel Cohen, who is presiding over the case, blocked James’ attempt to dissolve the NRA in March 2022 but allowed the lawsuit to proceed. (…) The lawsuit accuses the NRA of violating multiple laws including false reporting of annual filings with the IRS and New York’s charities bureau, improperly documenting expenses, improper wage and income tax reporting and excessively paying people for work for which they were not qualified. Many of the charges stem from the NRA’s status as a charitable organization, which has strict state and federal rules governing spending. The suit also asks the court to order LaPierre and other executives named in the suit to make full restitution for funds from which they “unlawfully profited” and salaries they earned while employees; to remove LaPierre and Frazer from the NRA’s leadership; and ensure none of the executives can ever serve on the board of any charity in New York. James’ office confirmed it was investigating the NRA in 2019, after reporting by The Trace alleged that a small group of executives, contractors and vendors affiliated with the group extracted hundreds of millions from the non-profit’s budget.

via cnn: Wayne LaPierre announces resignation as leader of the NRA days ahead of civil trial

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