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Wayne LaPierre will be a witness in a lawsuit brought against the NRA by the New York attorney general. (Archive photo)
The longtime president of the National Rifle Association (NRA) announced his resignation on Friday, just days before the start of ;a civil trial in New York intended to examine his work as director of this powerful organization defending the rights of gun enthusiasts in the United States.
Wayne LaPierre, executive director and vice president of this organization, indicated that his resignation will take effect on January 31. He has led the NRA since 1991. Andrew Arulanandam will serve as interim CEO and vice president, the organization said.
With pride in all we have accomplished, I announce my resignation from the NRA,” LaPierre said in a statement released by the organization. I have been a tenured member of this organization for most of my adult life and will never stop supporting the NRA and its fight to defend freedom under the Second Amendment. My passion for our cause is more intense than ever.
A trial is expected to begin Monday in the part of a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James against the NRA, Wayne LaPierre and others who served as officials of the organization . Mr. LaPierre is one of the expected witnesses.
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Letitia James, a Democrat, accuses Mr. LaPierre and other leaders of illegally embezzling tens of millions of dollars from the NRA and spending the funds from this organization on personal travel and other questionable expenses.
The Attorney General seeks to bar Wayne LaPierre and other members of the leadership to head any charitable or non-profit organization operating in New York, which would have the effect of removing them from the NRA.