New York attorney general Letitia James filed a lawsuit Thursday to disband the National Rifle Association (NRA) for “years of misconduct” and “fraud” and “abuse”.
According to James, the organization has committed numerous crimes, diverting “millions of dollars for the benefit of the association’s leaders and to secure contracts and gain advantage.” Hence, the lawsuit is also directed against four people, including Wayne LaPierre, one of the NRA’s most recognized leaders.
“The NRA is full of fraud and abuse, and that’s why I’m trying to dissolve it today, because no organization should be above the law,” he said, according to information from the NBC network. James has also confirmed that prosecutors have been conducting a campaign investigation since April 2019 to determine whether the organization is, as it claims, a nonprofit.
It was the same year that the club’s then president, Oliver North, left the position alleging the club had been involved in financial irregularities. His departure exposed the internal rifts in the organization and the struggles to take power.
US President Donald Trump said the NRA was “under siege” after learning that there was an open investigation into it. He accused New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and James of “illegally using the state legal apparatus to destroy an important organization”.