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August 6, 2020
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CSGV: NRA Members Should Walk Away
Lawsuits shine light on NRA’s history of corruption
WASHINGTON — Today, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the National Rifle Association, laying bare the organization’s history as a corrupt enterprise. James has jurisdiction to file such a suit because the NRA was chartered as a nonprofit in New York. Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine also filed a suit against the NRA Foundation, based in Washington, for misusing millions of dollars in funds. The organization is described as having committed fraud and feeding on its members so that CEO Wayne LaPierre and other executives could live lavishly.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Executive Director Josh Horwitz issued the following statement in response to the suits filed:
“It’s time for NRA members to walk away from a corrupt organization that has been preying on its members for years. Wayne LaPierre and his cronies have regularly abused their power to enrich themselves and their families — and they did so on the backs of their members. Membership dues were used to enrich executives with private jets, extravagant vacations, and exorbitant pay. The organization has operated as a money-making pyramid scheme for the conservative and gun lobby elite.
“Today is a wake-up call to NRA members. The National Rifle Association deserves to be dissolved. It has abandoned its mission of gun safety and training, corrupted the meaning of the 2nd Amendment, and betrayed its members. The organization no longer serves a purpose beyond making liars rich.
“40,000 Americans die by gun violence every year. The NRA under its corrupt leadership has stood in the way of reasonable efforts to address this national epidemic. Today’s actions by Attorneys General James and Racine represent a monumental moment for progress toward gun violence prevention and the fight for a safer America.”
About the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Founded in 1974, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention organization. We believe gun violence should be rare and abnormal. CSGV develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms.