Longtime NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre Announces Shocking News

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Wayne LaPierre, who has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Rifle Association since 1991, declared on Friday his decision to resign from his position as the leader of the organization. LaPierre’s declaration coincides with impending charges from New York Attorney General Letitia James, accusing him and three high-ranking subordinates of breaching state and federal laws by misappropriating NRA charitable funds for personal use.

Fox News obtained the NRA’s press release on the matter, in which LaPierre said, “With pride in all that we have accomplished, I am announcing my resignation from the NRA. I’ve been a card-carrying member of this organization for most of my adult life, and I will never stop supporting the NRA and its fight to defend Second Amendment freedom. My passion for our cause burns as deeply as ever.”

During a board meeting in Irving, Texas, NRA President Charles Cotton stated that LaPierre, 74, cited health issues as the basis for his decision. LaPierre’s departure will take effect on January 31st, and Andrew Arulanandam will assume the role of interim CEO and Executive Vice President of the NRA.

In the press announcement, Cotton stated,

“On behalf of the NRA Board of Directors, I thank Wayne LaPierre for his service. Wayne has done as much to protect Second Amendment freedom as anyone. Wayne is a towering figure in the fight for constitutional freedom, but one of his other talents is equally important: he built an organization that is bigger than him. Under the direction of Andrew Arulanandam, the NRA will continue to thrive – with a renewed energy in our business operations and grassroots advocacy. Our future is bright and secure.”

Referencing the oncoming lawsuit from New York State, the release stated, “The NRA continues its defense of a lawsuit by the New York Attorney General, and LaPierre is an individual defendant in that action. It is well-known that the NYAG vowed to pursue the NRA when she was a candidate for her office and, upon being elected, filed a lawsuit to dissolve the Association in August 2020. Trial proceedings in that case begin Monday.”

There is much speculation on LaPierre’s motivations. LouderWithCrowder Studios commentator Mrgunsngear expressed his approval of the development in a post on X:

“1. Thank God 2. Why do y’all think he’s resigning? Plea deal in NY? Forced out due to tremendous drop in funds? Finally had enough $3K suits paid for by members?”

Libertarian Nicholas Sarwark quoting The New York Times noted, “Membership has plummeted from nearly six million five years ago to 4.2 million today. Revenue is down 44 percent since 2016, according to internal audits, and legal costs have soared to tens of millions a year.”

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