NRA drops lawsuit against New York District Attorney Letitia James

The NRA said it would shift its resources to another lawsuit in a New York state court.

The National Rifle Association has dropped its federal lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, in which the NRA alleged James violated the organization’s constitutional rights, and asked a jury to determine whether the gun advocacy group is operating lawfully.

CNN reports that the NRA has since issued a statement saying it “voluntarily” withdrew its lawsuit “in order to bring the same claims against James in a New York state court in Manhattan.”

The NRA, CNN added, filed a similar lawsuit against James in a state court in February.

While the National Rifle Association has indicated that its resources are better distributed in the New York lawsuit, James says the organization is clearly under pressure to substantiate potentially unfounded allegations against its office.

“The NRA, which is dropping its counterclaim in federal court today, is an implicit admission that its strategy would never prevail,” James said in a recent statement. “The truth is that [NRA Executive Vice President and director] Wayne LaPierre and his lieutenants used the NRA as a breeding ground for personal gain and a lavish lifestyle.

NRA chief Wayne LaPierre. Image via Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons. (CCA-BY-3.0)

“We were victorious in the organization’s attempt to file for bankruptcy and our fight for transparency and accountability continues because no one is above the law,” said James.

CNN notes that the NRA’s move comes just under a month after a Texas-based judge dismissed the group’s bankruptcy petition.

In his ruling, Judge Harlin Hale found that the NRA had filed its bankruptcy suit in “bad faith” – instead of getting into significant financial trouble, the organization simply wanted to avoid investigation and litigation by James’ office.

As previously reported, James’ office filed a lawsuit against the NRA, accusing them of top-down corruption.

In their lawsuit, James suggested that LaPierre and other senior National Rifle Association executives misused donated funds for personal ends – buying expensive clothing, traveling overseas, and chartering luxury flights.

In a separate statement released last month, James said the NRA – which had promised to reintegrate in Texas if its bankruptcy suit were approved – cannot evade justice by choosing courts that it believes for their political tactics are more receptive.

“[Hale’s] The order affirms that the NRA cannot dictate whether and where it will answer for its actions, “James said in May. “The putrefaction is deep, so we will now focus and move on to our New York court case.

“Nobody is above the law,” added James, “not even one of the most powerful lobby groups in the country.”

Despite his loss in Texas bankruptcy court and his decision to drop the federal lawsuit, Wayne LaPierre has assured NRA members and donors that the group will continue to remain solvent and strong.


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