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Facing a Bleak Future, The NRA Suffers Another Defeat in Court

The National Rifle Association is attempting to file for bankruptcy, but powerful forces are asking a court to dismiss their claims.

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The NRA, just a few short years ago, was one of the most powerful lobbying organizations in the world. With their support, Republicans won seats all over the country. Thanks to massive mismanagement, though, the NRA is in deep financial trouble.

Letitia James, the Attorney General of York, where the NRA is headquartered, has been attempting to dissolve the organization. She has argued against letting the NRA file for bankruptcy.

On Monday, Linda Lambert, a lawyer with the U.S. trustee’s office, agreed with James. She told the court, “the evidence presented in the hearing showed that the nonprofit organization lacked proper oversight and that personal expenses were masked as business costs.”

The NRA was upset with Lambert’s take. Greg Garman, the organizations lawyer, said in court, “We have natural enemies. This Department of Justice may not see eye to eye with the National Rifle Association, but so be it, we have done the right thing.”

At the center of the controversy is NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. LaPierre is accused of severely  mismanaging the organizations funds. Under the bankruptcy plan, the executive would remain in charge.

But things don’t look good for the embattled group. Bankruptcy expert Adam Levitin told the Washington Post, “I don’t see how the NRA pulls off a win here. I think it’s pretty clear that the NRA loses. The real question is what the remedy will be.



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