İrem UZUN -TDO- New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a lawsuit in a state court seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA). The NRA "operated as a breeding ground for greed, abuse and brazen illegality... For these years of fraud and misconduct we are seeking an order to dissolve the NRA in its entirety," James said in a news conference.
"The NRA's influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets," James said in the news release. She accuses the NRA of violating multiple laws including false reporting of annual filings, improperly documenting expenses, improper wage and income tax reporting and excessively paying people for work for which they were not qualified. She alleged that current and former NRA leadership "instituted a culture of self-dealing mismanagement" benefiting themselves, family, friends and favored vendors, leading the organization to lose more than $63 million in three years. According to the CNN, James' office filed the suit Thursday morning in New York Supreme Court. It names the NRA's CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, General Counsel and Secretary John Frazer, former Chief Financial Officer Wilson Woody Phillips and former Chief of Staff and Executive Director of General Operations Josh Powell.
National Rifle Association was founded in 1871 as a recreational group in order to promote and encourage rifle shooting and has grown into one of the most powerful political organizations in the U.S. The NRA lobbies against all forms of gun control and argues aggressively that more guns make the country safer. The association spends about $250m per year, far more than all the country's gun control advocacy groups put together.