Tag Archives: Wayne LaPierre

Former NRA Head Tried To Hide Killing Of Elephant

The Daily Beast reports: The former head of the National Rifle Association and his wife went to great lengths to ship parts of the elephant they killed in Botswana back home—and to keep their names far removed from it. According to The New Yorker, Wayne LaPierre and his wife, Susan, had elephant feet repurposed for stools, umbrella stands, and a …

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New York AG Wins Bankruptcy Case Against NRA

The Wall Street Journal reports: A Dallas judge has thrown the National Rifle Association out of bankruptcy court, calling into question the gun rights group’s planned relocation to Texas as it faces allegations of spending abuses and mismanagement in its home state of New York. Judge Harlin Hale of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Dallas dismissed the NRA’s chapter 11 …

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Major Setback For NRA In Bid To Declare Bankruptcy

The Washington Post reports: A U.S. bankruptcy administrator asked a federal judge Monday to dismiss the National Rifle Association’s efforts to declare bankruptcy or appoint a trustee or examiner to oversee the gun rights organization — a setback for the group at the close of a federal court hearing to consider its petition. The recommendation bolstered the arguments of New …

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Video Shows NRA Head’s Botched Elephant Hunt

The New Yorker reports: The New Yorker obtained a copy of the footage, which has been hidden from public view for eight years. It shows that when guides tracked down an elephant for LaPierre, the N.R.A. chief proved to be a poor marksman. After LaPierre’s first shot wounded the elephant, guides brought him a short distance from the animal, which …

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NRA Head: Shooting Elephants Is Just Part Of My Job

The New York Daily News reports: NRA chief Wayne Lapierre said Wednesday hunting and shooting African wildlife is just part of his job. Testifying at a Texas bankruptcy court hearing convened as part of the pro gun-group’s effort to evade a move by New York officials to put it out of business, LaPierre said hunting water buffalo and elephants on …

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Expenditure Marked “Russia” Arises At NRA Trial

Raw Story reports: A bizarre moment happened in the bankruptcy trial of the National Rifle Association (NRA) Wednesday. According to Law and Crime News investigative reporter Adam Klasfeld, who is there live-tweeting the proceedings, a Russia reference popped up in an odd place. Looking at expenditures from the NRA, the Brewer law firm sent the NRA an invoice to general …

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NRA Head: I Hid On A Yacht After Mass Shootings

The New York Daily News reports: NRA leader Wayne LaPierre says he faced an unprecedented “security threat” in the wake of bloody rampages at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut and a Parkland, Fla., high school — and had to seek refuge aboard his Hollywood producer pal’s 108-foot yacht. In a chutzpah-rich deposition, the politically powerful gun-rights advocate said the fancy …

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NRA Loses Court Battle To Escape NY Attorney General

Law & Crime reports: The National Rifle Association cannot transfer, stay or dismiss the New York Attorney General’s lawsuit filed in Manhattan seeking its dissolution, a judge ruled on Thursday. “Today’s order reaffirms what we’ve known all along: the NRA does not get to dictate if and where they will answer for their actions,” Attorney General Letitia James (D) said …

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NRA Admits Corrupt Financial Practices By Leaders

The Washington Post reports: After years of denying allegations of lax financial oversight, the National Rifle Association has made a stunning declaration in a new tax filing: Current and former executives used the nonprofit group’s money for personal benefit and enrichment. The NRA said in the filing that it continues to review the alleged abuse of funds, as the tax-exempt …

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WSJ: Feds Investigating Wayne LaPierre For Tax Fraud

The Wall Street Journal reports: The Internal Revenue Service is investigating longtime National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre for possible criminal tax fraud related to his personal taxes, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. LaPierre was paid $2.2 million by the NRA in 2018, the most recent year available, the nonprofit group’s public filings show. His total reported …

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Ex-NRA Official: Corruption Is Worse Than You Think

USA Today reports: The NRA’s former second-in-command has a message for the New York attorney general who has launched an investigation into the powerful gun lobby. It’s worse than she thinks. “She’s only at the tip of the iceberg,” said Joshua Powell, former chief of staff to Wayne LaPierre [photo], the longtime head of the National Rifle Association. “When she …

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NRA Leader To New York AG Letitia James: “Bring It On”

The Hill reports: The National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre said the gun rights group is ready for the fight following the announcement of a lawsuit from the New York attorney general seeking to dissolve it. In his first statement on the lawsuit on Thursday, LaPierre called New York Attorney General Letitia James’s (D) actions “an affront to democracy …

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Leaked Recording: Legal Battles Have Cost NRA $100M

NPR reports: The National Rifle Association’s legal troubles have cost the powerful gun rights group $100 million, according to a recording of the group’s board meeting obtained by NPR. In the January 2020 recording, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre criticizes ongoing investigations by the New York and Washington, D.C., attorneys general, bemoaning the “power of weaponized government.” And he told the …

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NRA Lays Off Dozens Of Employees Due To Pandemic

Politico reports: The National Rifle Association has laid off more than 60 employees in recent weeks, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The move comes as the gun rights group faces acute financial challenges during the economic crunch caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The association recently took a large financial hit when the pandemic forced the NRA …

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NRA Sues New York State For Closing Gun Shops

The New York Post reports: New York is trampling on Second Amendment rights by shuttering gun stores during the coronavirus pandemic, the National Rifle Association says in a new lawsuit. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to label gun shops “non-essential” businesses has made it virtually impossible for New Yorkers to legally buy a firearm in the state, the gun-rights argued in …

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NRA Sues California For Ordering Closure Of Gun Shops

Bloomberg News reports: The National Rifle Association accused Governor Gavin Newsom in a lawsuit of taking away the right of Americans to access firearms by shutting gun stores during the coronavirus outbreak. The nation’s leading gun-rights group filed the complaint Friday in Los Angeles federal court along with two individuals, retailer Gun World and three other firearms advocacy groups. “The …

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NRA Fundraises On Virus Fears: They’ll Take Your Guns

Never let a global crisis go to waste: The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), the group’s lobbying arm, recently posted a fundraising pitch to members that tried to fearmonger about people losing their Second Amendment rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plea claims that “anti-gun lawmakers are exploiting” the pandemic “to deny you and your loved ones your fundamental …

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New York AG Escalates Financial Probe Of NRA

The New York Times reports: The New York State attorney general has issued a new subpoena to the National Rifle Association, deepening her eight-month investigation and providing fresh clues about where it is headed, according to people with knowledge of the document. The subpoena, which was described to The New York Times, was issued last week and covers at least …

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NRA Offers Financial Support For Impeachment Defense If Trump Agrees To Oppose Any Gun Control Legislation

The New York Times reports: President Trump met on Friday with Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association, to discuss how the N.R.A. could provide financial support for the president’s defense as he faces political headwinds, including impeachment, according to two people familiar with the meeting. It was not clear whether Mr. Trump asked Mr. LaPierre for …

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Senate Probe Calls NRA “Foreign Asset” For Russia

NPR reports: The National Rifle Association acted as a “foreign asset” for Russia in the period leading up to the 2016 election, according to a new investigation unveiled Friday by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Drawing on contemporaneous emails and private interviews, an 18-month probe by the Senate Finance Committee’s Democratic staff found that the NRA underwrote political access for Russian …

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