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Supreme Court Clears Way for NRA's Free-Speech Lawsuit

Gun-rights group sued a former New York state official, said she tried to get it blacklisted

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for a National Rifle Association lawsuit against a former New York state official over claims she violated its free-speech rights. As the AP reports, the unanimous opinion reverses a lower court's decision tossing out the gun rights group's lawsuit...

SCOTUS Hears Arguments in NRA Free-Speech Lawsuit

Group is suing former NY state official who allegedly tried to have it blacklisted

(Newser) - Supreme Court justices appeared receptive Monday to National Rifle Association claims that a former New York state official violated its free-speech rights by pressuring banks and insurance companies to blacklist the group after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The NRA is suing former New York State Department of...

Leaders Misspent Millions of NRA's Money, Jury Decides

Wayne LaPierre is found liable in New York lawsuit

(Newser) - The National Rifle Association and its longtime leader were found liable Friday in a lawsuit centered on the organization's lavish spending. A New York jury found that Wayne LaPierre, who was the NRA's CEO for three decades, and others misspent millions of dollars of the group's money...

NRA Leader LaPierre Resigns Ahead of Trial

He steps down just before corruption trial in New York was to begin

(Newser) - The longtime head of the National Rifle Association said Friday he is resigning, just days before the start of a New York civil trial that's poised to scrutinize his leadership of the powerful gun rights organization. Wayne LaPierre , the executive vice president and chief executive officer, said his departure...

NRA's Congressional Report Card Is Out. One Party Got Mostly F's

For first time in 25 years, not a single Dem candidate received an A from gun rights group

(Newser) - It's not terribly surprising that Democrats running for Congress this year received a dismal report card from the National Rifle Association, as they tend to be much more critical of the gun rights advocacy organization than their Republican counterparts. What makes this year's candidate ratings from the NRA'...

Speech at NRA Meeting Appears to Confuse Its CEO

Homage to Wayne LaPierre's 'thoughts and prayers' was the work of prankster Jason Selvig

(Newser) - A man who appeared to defend National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre at the group's annual meeting this weekend, just days after a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school killed 21 people, was doing anything but. Jason Selvig, one half of comedy duo The Good Liars, took the...

Trump Piles On Abbott, Other No-Shows at NRA Meeting

'Unlike some, I did not disappoint you,' Trump told crowd gathered in Houston on Friday

(Newser) - The NRA's Houston convention went on as planned Friday, despite protests due to the deadly mass shooting on Tuesday across the state in Uvalde. And although some big names pulled out of the gun rights advocacy group's annual meeting in the 11th hour, former President Donald Trump wasn'...

Texas Governor Pulls Out of NRA Convention

Abbott plans to hold press conference in Uvalde instead

(Newser) - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott won't be appearing at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston on Friday after all, a spokesman has confirmed. The Republican governor, who was heavily criticized for his plan to speak at the convention just days after the deadliest school shooting in state history, will...

Don McLean Pulls Out of NRA Concert
Almost Everyone
Has Now Pulled Out
of NRA Concert

Almost Everyone Has Now Pulled Out of NRA Concert

Following Don McLean pulling out, others do the same

(Newser) - Update: Nearly all of the musicians previously set to perform at the NRA's Saturday night concert in Houston have exited. Lee Greenwood, Larry Gatlin, T. Graham Brown, and Larry Stewart have all pulled out of performing, and SiriusXM's Y2Kountry host Danielle Peck is also out. Sources tell Billboard...

NPR Obtains Tapes of NRA Discussions After Columbine

Top officials wrestle with whether to respond with defiance or sympathy

(Newser) - School shootings were relatively rare when the Columbine massacre unfolded in 1999, and NPR has obtained two-plus hours of recordings of NRA officials struggling to decide how to respond. The issue was especially dicey because the group's convention was due to take place days later just a few miles...

LaPierres Made Stools Out of Their Elephant Kills

'New Yorker' and Trace detail the under-wraps shipments from 2013 safari hunt

(Newser) - Earlier this year, the New Yorker and the Trace unearthed video of NRA exec Wayne LaPierre and wife Susan hunting elephants in Botswana back in 2013. Now comes a follow-up from both outlets on the logistics of what happened next—specifically, how the LaPierres wanted their kills preserved as trophies...

Former NRA Chief Tricked Into Addressing 'Lost Class'

He delivered commencement speech to chairs representing victims of gun violence

(Newser) - The words of former NRA president David Keene and gun rights activist John Lott echoed over a sea of empty white chairs at a stadium in Las Vegas earlier this month. The men, who thought they were rehearsing graduation speeches to deliver to students at the private online high school...

Judge Shoots Down NRA Bankruptcy
Judge Shoots Down
NRA Bankruptcy

Judge Shoots Down NRA Bankruptcy

He accuses 'solvent' group of trying to use filing to dodge New York lawsuit

(Newser) - The National Rifle Association's attempt to use bankruptcy to leave New York and reorganize in Texas was shot down by a federal judge in Dallas Tuesday. US Bankruptcy Judge Harlin Hale, ruling after a 12-day trial that concluded May 3, said the gun rights group's bankruptcy wasn't...

Video Emerges of 'Inept' Elephant Hunt by NRA's Chief

One critic calls shooting by Wayne LaPierre 'inept' and 'clumsy'

(Newser) - A video shot for an NRA-sponsored TV series was hidden from the world for nearly eight years—until now. The footage, obtained by the New Yorker and the Trace , shows CEO Wayne LaPierre and his wife, Susan, shooting two savanna elephants in Botswana in September 2013. (The elephants have since...

NRA's LaPierre on Hiding After Shootings: 'Thank God I'm Safe'

In deposition, Wayne LaPierre says he was in danger after school shootings, forcing him onto yacht

(Newser) - The National Rifle Association is trying to get a federal court in Texas to grant it bankruptcy protections, and so far, some "embarrassing details" have trickled out in various depositions, per the Washington Post . A new deposition filed over the weekend, however, revealed more than just the organization's...

On Its Way to Texas, NRA Files for Bankruptcy Protection

New York is seeking to break up the organization

(Newser) - The National Rifle Association asked a federal court for bankruptcy protection from its creditors on Friday, saying it plans to restructure as a nonprofit in Texas. The organization now is registered in New York, Reuters reports. In a statement, the NRA said it's leaving "a corrupt political and...

After Years of Denials, the NRA Fesses Up

Current and former executives have been abusing funds, the nonprofit says

(Newser) - Looks like NRA execs really have been taking from the cookie jar. After years of denials, the National Rifle Association now admits that current and former executives—including current CEO Wayne LaPierre—recklessly used NRA funds for their personal enrichment, the Washington Post reports. According to a 2019 tax filing,...

Former No. 2 at NRA Issues Scathing Critique

In new book, Joshua Powell backs red-flag laws and background checks

(Newser) - The NRA is more concerned with money than defending the Second Amendment and is run by an executive who's clueless—except for his ability to manipulate President Trump. That's the picture of the gun rights organization painted in a new book by Joshua Powell, the NRA's No....

Trump Has Advice for NRA After Big Lawsuit

Move to Texas, he suggests

(Newser) - As its future began to look even more litigious Thursday, President Trump had a suggestion for the National Rifle Association. "I think the NRA should move to Texas and lead a very good and beautiful life," he said. "And I've told them that for a long...

New York Sues to Dissolve the NRA
New York Sues 
to Dissolve the NRA

New York Sues to Dissolve the NRA

State attorney general Letitia James alleges widespread fraud

(Newser) - New York's attorney general filed a lawsuit Thursday that calls for the dissolution of the NRA. Letitia James sued the National Rifle Association, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over allegations that high-ranking executives diverted millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts...

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