Wayne LaPierre’s Message to Members: ‘We Remain Strong and Secure’

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By Wayne LaPierre, NRA Exec. Vice President

Dear NRA Members,

In my more than 40 years with the NRA, we’ve taken part in some bruising fights to defend our freedoms and our NRA. As they say, nothing worth having comes easy.

Over the past month, we did it again. The NRA took center stage in the fight for our reorganization in federal court in Dallas. Although our case for reorganization was dismissed on May 11, there are many positive developments that bode well for the Association and its plans for the future. 

Strong and Secure

First and foremost, the legal decision has no impact on our staffing, programs or Second Amendment advocacy. All of our work continues and remains as vital as ever. We will continue to defend constitutional freedoms, promote firearms education, and support local charities.

This outcome has no impact on all the divisions and affiliates associated with the NRA. Our programs, political activity, charitable endeavors, and Second Amendment advocacy all continue. We remain strong and secure.

Second, the New York Attorney General and others that aligned against the NRA in opposition to the NRA’s reorganization plan were unsuccessful in their effort to derail us. As you may have read, they sought to dismiss the NRA’s Chapter 11 reorganization filing with prejudice or, in the alternative, appointment of a court-appointed trustee. They wanted to see someone else take control of the Association’s business and financial affairs. 

None of that happened. The court in Dallas did not appoint a trustee or impose any other form of oversight on the NRA. Instead, the court dismissed our reorganization filing without prejudice, meaning the NRA has the option to file a new case in the future if the need arises. Importantly, there was no financial watchdog (an examiner) appointed, as sought by some.

The enemies of the Association want to claim the NRA filing was in “bad faith” and the NRA should be assessed penalties. But, that’s not what the judge found. On May 14, the judge clarified that he did not hold that the NRA reorganization filing was in “bad faith.”

In summary, we are no longer in bankruptcy court in Dallas – and our mission moves forward.

Our leadership team remains intact. Those outcomes are far from the “doom and gloom” predicted by the so-called experts, many in the far-left media, and gun control advocates. Don’t believe everything you read in the newspaper: we are not going anywhere. We’re fighting as hard as ever in defense of your freedoms.

Our plans are not finalized, but we remain committed to exploring a move of all or part of the NRA’s business operations to Texas – home to more than 400,000 NRA members. In fact, the court observed that we could still accomplish those goals outside of bankruptcy court. In other words, our business operations and plans for the future are not affected by these developments.

The Record Reflects: Committed to Good Governance

During a 12-day court hearing that occurred over approximately four weeks, the NRA established that it complies with board policies and accounting controls, displaced “insiders” who abused the Association, and accepted reimbursements for costs voluntarily determined to be excess benefits.

The hearing proceedings focused, in significant measure, on the NRA’s compliance efforts and the organization’s renewed commitment to good governance.

In an opinion, dated May 11, 2021, the Hon. Harlin D. Hale, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Texas, wrote, “In short, the testimony…suggests that the NRA now understands the importance of compliance. Outside of bankruptcy, the NRA can pay its creditors, continue to fulfill its mission, continue to improve its governance and internal controls, contest dissolution in the NYAG Enforcement Action, and pursue the legal steps necessary to leave New York.”

Of course, very little of this was publicly reported. 

As I told the media, the NRA remains committed to its members and our plan for the future. This fight is about our 5 million members – those who stand courageously with the NRA in defense of constitutional freedom.

Let this be clear: we are an organization that remains committed to its course, even as we confront our adversaries in New York and beyond. The NRA will keep fighting, as we’ve done for 150 years.

Confronting a Political Agenda – and Fighting for Freedom

That means the NRA continues to confront NYAG Letitia James in her attempt to dissolve the NRA.

The NYAG wants to close our doors as part of a lawsuit she filed on August 6, 2020. In summer 2018, then NYAG candidate James called the NRA a “criminal enterprise” and “terrorist organization.” Her subsequent pursuit of the NRA has been characterized by many legal experts and constitutional scholars as a gross weaponization of legal and regulatory power. Even the ACLU recognized that. 

As several NRA board members noted, the record now establishes that NRA members can have great confidence in this institution and its plans for the future. We will work with members, vendors, and other supporters to continue the fight for freedom. And we will never shrink from the tough and principled stands we take on behalf of our law-abiding 5 million members.

It all comes down to protecting your constitutional freedoms. The NRA has never shied away from those fights. And I promise you, that’s a fight we’ll always take on.

Wayne LaPierre

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  • Flak May 30, 2021, 12:14 pm

    LaPierre and his entrenched cronies need to depart … before I re-up with the NRA. And the NRA needs to establish some kind of checks and balances to prevent this from ever happening again. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Shame on those who gave ammunition to those who want to shoot-down the NRA’s reputation and efforts to defend our 2nd Amendment rights.

  • Mark May 24, 2021, 6:24 am

    How did Lapierre and the leadership allow the situation to deteriorate to such a point the NRA is now in a such a tenuous position? He should resign or be thrown out. Time for a house cleaning. He has lost the confidence of the membership who keep the nra well funded.

  • Ron May 22, 2021, 2:59 pm

    The NRA needs a new face . I’m from IL our battles here are fought by the Illinois State Rifle Assoc. We are the NRA’s fly over State . Was a Member for over 25 yrs. dropped out 5yrs. ago Might rejoin if they Clean House!!!

  • Ohiochuck May 21, 2021, 6:48 pm

    I left the NRA two years ago, and will not rejoin until Wayne and his boys are gone.

  • Kane May 21, 2021, 5:57 pm

    Just wondering how many commenters would be surprised if other organizations like GOA will stand up well if the NRA is destroyed? Are you sure Erich Pratt and Larry Pratt books are in order and will survive the Soros funded purges?

    At least this MB responses were better than a few weeks ago where I was the only respondent that offered a few words of criticism for the opposition’s (meaning anti-2A crowd) posturing.

  • Dexter Winslett May 21, 2021, 4:10 pm

    I have been a life benefactor member since the 70s. Wayne must go. He is a traitor.

  • Ej harbet May 21, 2021, 3:05 pm

    Wlp and all of his cronys on the bod
    Should be punished as the thieves and traitors they are.

  • Mike S May 21, 2021, 12:57 pm

    50 year Life Member here. And I won’t contribute a single penny to an organization so full of hypocrisy. Not only is WLP corrupt, but the messaging is counterproductive to NRA’s best interests. Dump the whole bunch and start over.

  • Ej harbet May 21, 2021, 12:49 pm

    Gottlieb and Mofac get my money because they’re not crooks waiting to be convicts. The bod and wlp belong in sing sing rotting in cells

  • Arj May 21, 2021, 11:58 am

    NRA is dead without a change in leadership. If the leaders really cared about the 2A, they would have already found a replacement for Wayne.

  • Greg & Sali Buchel May 21, 2021, 10:20 am

    Dump WLP and his friends. Dump the Board of Directors.

  • Ronnie Maeker May 21, 2021, 10:06 am

    This was a CYA. (Cover Your Ass)
    Trying to appease the members.
    If there were due diligence, there would not be a reason for bankruptcy hearings.
    Vendors would be paid.
    He just lied.

  • LJ May 21, 2021, 9:56 am

    As a 60+ year old Patriot Life member of the NRA you will be hard pressed to find anyone more devoted to this organization than I am. What I don’t like is the way the organization is being handled under the current administration.

    They are constantly sending me request to move up to the Benefactor Life level and that’s not going to happen as long as Mr. La Pierre is running the show. So I call on Mr. La Pierre to step aside for the good of the NRA and the membership that supports it.

    Until that happens I won’t invest another penny of my hard earned money until they put someone in charge that’ll put the NRA back on track.

  • alex May 21, 2021, 9:49 am

    old wayne pissed our money away on new clothes and good times and we’re supposed to keep the money coming!! the 20 dollars a month that the NRA used to get goes to the GOA,the NRA doesn’t get one more penny until they knock their shit off.

  • Doug McPherson May 21, 2021, 9:44 am

    I think it is time for the nra to restructure the organization by bringing in new leadership and some changes in the board of directors as well as more transparency to its members.
    That being said, it is a good organization but let’s make some positive changes throughout.

  • Charles Baker May 21, 2021, 8:40 am

    The real message was, “I need a new suit!!!”

    • Ej harbet May 21, 2021, 3:09 pm

      Gotta pay sugar baby’s rent

  • Timothy M Bolinger May 21, 2021, 8:39 am

    Thankful for an organization and its leaders that continue to look out for all the Patriots that value the Constitution and our Great Country, THANK YOU !!! Wayne and the rest of the CREW !!! For all of you Letitia James type people please go support another 2nd Amendment organization just stop using your self to help the James and Bloomberg,s of this world. Tim

    • Kane May 22, 2021, 11:48 am

      Agreed, NOT one specific charge is offered just parroting the opposition.

      • kent June 3, 2022, 1:01 pm

        when he repaid the $250,000 with a personal check, that was sufficient evidence for me. It should have been accompanied with his resignation letter, if he had any integrity.

      • kent June 3, 2022, 1:09 pm

        I can’t believe that a man with col. West’s leadership experience and integrity and christian values only got 1 damn vote! That tells me EVERYTHING I need to know about the current state of the NRA. And no, I won’t circle the wagons with you. There’s more damned renegades inside that circle than outside…

  • Dr Motown May 21, 2021, 8:21 am

    How many membership dues went to the lawyers that drafted this “brilliant” bankruptcy strategy for Wayne?

  • Jesse Scott May 21, 2021, 7:42 am

    Stronger without Wayne. No more contributions from me till he is gone.

    • Chbeyer May 21, 2021, 9:40 am

      LaPierre’s lavish lifestyle and abuse of membership funds is a huge scam. I too will no longer support the NRA as long as this man is there.

    • LJ May 21, 2021, 4:53 pm

      Agreed. I don’t understand for the life of me why the NRA hasn’t figured this out. Not one soul in my gun club has had anything positive to say about Wayne and the way they feel he has abused his power and blown through funds. Wake up NRA, or face failure.

  • Jason M May 21, 2021, 6:02 am

    Wayne said this as he went on a private jet for a hunting safari to Africa all paid for by membership funds.

    Priorities might be a bit off Wayne.

    • Kane May 22, 2021, 11:49 am

      Prove it.

    • kent June 3, 2022, 12:54 pm

      I don’t think LaPierre hunts. They don’t make tailored suits in camo…

  • Blaine Nay May 20, 2021, 4:45 pm

    In every firearm safety course I teach, I push NRA membership. Lately, my conscience has bothered me: Am I selling an organization that might be dissolved due to the apparent wrongdoings at the top of the NRA, thereby wasting the dues money paid by the new members I recruit?

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