BREAKING NEWS: NRA files for bankruptcy and announces it’s moving from New York to Texas where it has 400k members
The National Rifle Association has filed for bankruptcy and announced it is ‘dumping’ New York to move to Texas where they have 400,000 members.
The gun rights advocacy group announced on Friday that it has filed bankruptcy petitions in US court as part of a restructuring plan in a bid to remove its ties to New York.
The NRA said in a statement they were going to restructure as a Texas nonprofit to exit what it said was a ‘a corrupt political and regulatory environment in New York’ where it has been registered for 150 years.
It comes five months after New York Attorney General Letitia James tried to dissolve the NRA by filing a lawsuit accusing its leadership of taking $64 million dollars from the group for their own personal use.
In a statement announcing the changes, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said: ‘This strategic plan represents a pathway to opportunity, growth and progress.
‘Obviously, an important part of this plan is ‘dumping New York.’ The NRA is pursuing reincorporating in a state that values the contributions of the NRA, celebrates our law-abiding members and will join us as a partner in upholding constitutional freedom.
‘This is a transformational moment in the history of the NRA.’
In the lawsuit filed by the New York AG last August, she accused the group’s leadership of using the organization as their ‘personal piggy bank’ for years.
She sought to have the organization dissolved over alleged self-dealing by top leaders of the group.
The NRA counter-sued James, alleging that her bombshell lawsuit ‘was a baseless, premeditated attack on our organization and the Second Amendment freedoms it fights to defend’.
President Trump subsequently urged the group to move to Texas to avoid legal hassles.
‘I think the NRA should move to Texas and lead a very good and beautiful life,’ Trump said at the time.