Misleading reports exist about several legal matters involving the NRA. This website presents key documents and facts — to set the record straight and allow the public to judge for itself.

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NRA Filing Argues NYAG Cannot Dissolve It 

July 20, 2021 – In an amended verified answer and counterclaims filed in New York Supreme Court, the NRA argued that the dismissal of its bankruptcy case and judge’s findings demonstrated that New York Attorney General Letitia James cannot shut down the organization. The filing cited U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Harlin D. Hale’s decision finding that the “NRA now understands the importance of compliance” and had undertaken a “course correction.”    

“Simply put, Judge Hale’s findings of fact preclude, as a matter of law, any contention that the NRA is conducted in a persistently fraudulent or illegal manner, such as to harm or menace the public welfare, that would be required to support dissolution,” the NRA’s filing stated.

Furthermore, the filing stated that the lawsuit brought by the NYAG has been condemned as overtly unconstitutional by 16 states, multiple scholars, and the ACLU. “Politically motivated and born of the NYAG’s threats even before she assumed office, this proceeding is counterproductive to any legitimate charitable-supervisory effort. Most importantly, for all who love our democratic institutions, it will fail,” the filing added. 

The filing also stated, “James knew, or should have known, during her investigation and before commencing this Action that the NRA had undergone this extensive course correction, yet she nevertheless continued the investigation and commenced this Action to dissolve the Association. Because compliance and good governance were never her priority; rather, political retaliation was her goal.” The filing added that James’ actions amount to a “retaliation campaign against the NRA and its constituents based on her disagreement with the content of their speech.”

READ THE FILING. 

 

Court Dismisses Ackerman McQueen’s Claims Against Wayne LaPierre

July 16, 2021 – The U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, today granted a motion to dismiss Ackerman McQueen’s claims against Wayne LaPierre. The agency had asserted five claims against him. Senior District Judge A. Joe Fish ordered that “LaPierre is removed as a party from this suit.”
 
“This decision confirms that Ackerman McQueen’s claims against Mr. LaPierre were not appropriately brought in this matter,” says Andrew Arulanandam, managing director of NRA Public Affairs. “This development calls into question the agency’s entire narrative against the NRA.”

 

NRA Responds to NYAG James' Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit 

June 25, 2021 – The NRA commented today on New York Attorney General Letitia James’ motion to dismiss the Association’s lawsuit against her.

 

“When the NRA determined to hold Letitia James accountable for her politically-motivated lawsuit, it did so with full knowledge that she would attempt to hide behind nonexistent protections and privileges,” says William A. Brewer III, counsel to the NRA. “This filing is yet another example of Attorney General James repeating discredited accusations as she brazenly attempts to use ‘qualified immunity’ as a shield to avoid scrutiny of her abuse of power.”

 

Brewer added, “Attorney General James is not above the law. The NRA looks forward to vindicating its members’ rights before a jury.”

 

According to the NRA’s New York State court filing, dated February 23, 2021, “James’s threatened, and actual, regulatory and civil reprisals are a blatant and malicious retaliation campaign against the NRA and its constituents based on her disagreement with the content of their speech.” This wrongful conduct threatens the freedoms of law-abiding gun owners and all Americans.

 

As reported, James famously vowed to "target the NRA" and "investigate the legitimacy of the NRA as a charitable organization" while on the campaign trail in July 2018 – before spending even one day in office and without any evidence of wrongdoing. As a candidate for NYAG, she called the NRA a “terrorist organization” and a “criminal enterprise.”

 

In response to the NYAG’s actions, many legal experts and constitutional scholars have opposed her dissolution lawsuit against the NRA.

 

According to the NRA, during a 12-day hearing that recently occurred over approximately four weeks, the Association established that it had adopted new policies and accounting controls, displaced many “insiders” who had allegedly abused the Association, and accepted payments for costs voluntarily determined to be excess benefits. The hearing proceedings focused on the NRA’s compliance efforts, and the organization’s renewed commitment to good governance.

 

In a decision dated May 11, 2021, Judge Harlin D. Hale wrote, “In short, the testimony…suggests that the NRA…understands the importance of compliance. [T]he NRA can pay its creditors, continue to fulfill its mission, continue to improve its governance and internal controls, contest dissolution in the NYAG Enforcement Action, and pursue the legal steps necessary to leave New York.”

 

Judge Hale specifically acknowledged the NRA’s sustained “course correction” and commended it for elevating a whistleblower, Sonya Rowling – whom the Court called a “champion of compliance” – to Chief Financial Officer. Judge Hale credited testimony that the structural changes that have been instituted within the NRA over the past few years “could not have occurred without the active support” of NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. 

 

The NRA is confident that a jury will conclude, as a federal court in Dallas did after weeks of testimony earlier this year, that the NRA  is committed to complying with its governance and internal controls, and that its diligence in that regard began long before James commenced her misbegotten case.

 

 

NRA Moves to Expedite State Court Action Against NYAG Letitia James 

June 4, 2021 – The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) today announced that it is taking steps to expedite resolution of its Constitutional claims against New York Attorney General Letitia James.  To accomplish that objective, the Association voluntarily withdrew its action against NYAG James that had been pending in federal court in Albany, New York, in favor of pursuing the same claims against James in New York State court in Manhattan. 

 

This procedural step is significant and important because it will ensure that the NRA’s claims against NYAG James will be tried in the same court and by the same jury that will hear her lawsuit seeking to dissolve the NRA.  That lawsuit, which the NRA alleges is politically motivated, was filed after outrageous threats made against the NRA – even before Ms. James was elected and before she had seen a single shred of evidence.

 

According to the New York State court filing, dated February 23, 2021 “James’s threatened, and actual, regulatory and civil reprisals are a blatant and malicious retaliation campaign against the NRA and its constituents based on her disagreement with the content of their speech.” This wrongful conduct threatens the freedoms of law-abiding gun owners and all Americans.

 

The NRA is confident that a jury will conclude, as a federal court in Dallas did after weeks of testimony earlier this year, that the NRA  is committed to complying with its governance and internal controls, and that its diligence in that regard began long before NYAG James commenced her misbegotten case.  

 

In a decision dated May 11, 2021, Judge Harlin D. Hale wrote, “In short, the testimony…suggests that the NRA…understands the importance of compliance. [T]he NRA can pay its creditors, continue to fulfill its mission, continue to improve its governance and internal controls, contest dissolution in the NYAG Enforcement Action, and pursue the legal steps necessary to leave New York.”

 

Those findings by the federal court in Dallas, where the NYAG made the same claims she made in New York, have laid bare the NYAG's purely political gambit to dissolve the NRA as lacking any basis in law or in fact. 

 

“Given the record that was established regarding the NRA’s commitment to good governance, the Association is eager to expedite the adjudication of all the claims before the New York State court,” says William A. Brewer III, counsel to the NRA. “The NRA will aggressively pursue its Constitutional rights in that forum. Today’s move will ensure that the NRA’s claims proceed promptly to discovery and a full vindication of its members’ rights.”

READ THE NOTICE.

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