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The NRA Under Siege – The Atlantic

The NRA Under Siege – The Atlantic

When Wayne LaPierre, the longtime leader of the National Rifle Association, announced his resignation on Friday, his opponents may have been tempted to celebrate. But the reality is that his departure does not necessarily change the group’s immediate prospects. The NRA remains under the control of an old guard that comprises mainly LaPierre’s lieutenants. If change is to come quickly to the NRA, it will be through the trial that began in New York today. The civil suit from New York Attorney General Letitia James alleges misappropriation of funds on a grand scale by the group’s leadership. If the jury finds in her favor, then the judge may order what she’s petitioning for—that the NRA find new leaders, the old ones pay restitution to its members, and the group answer to a court-appointed overseer. At least in the near term, only that outcome could empower the reformers within the organization. James initially sought the complete dissolution of the NRA, as a punishment for the alleged impropriety by its leaders. Justice Joel Cohen of the Supreme …