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NRA board of directors re-elects Wayne LaPierre as executive vice president

Stock Markets May 30, 2022 02:30PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO - Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA), speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention in Houston, Texas, U.S. May 27, 2022. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

By Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) -The National Rifle Association board reappointed Wayne LaPierre as executive vice president on Monday, turning back the latest leadership challenge amid corruption allegations and flat membership for the still-powerful gun lobby.

The board vote came as the NRA held its annual meeting in Houston, about 280 miles (450 km) east of the site of a mass shooting on Tuesday, when an 18-year-old armed with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle killed 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school.

Conservative activist Allen West, a retired military officer and former U.S. congressman from Florida, challenged LaPierre, who is also fighting off a lawsuit from New York Attorney General Letitia James that seeks to remove LaPierre from office.

The NRA said there was one vote against LaPierre, who is also CEO of the NRA, on the 76-member board. Monday's board vote came after dues-paying members on Saturday voted overwhelmingly in support of LaPierre.

Phil Journey, the lone board member to vote against LaPierre and in favor of West, said the vote was 54-1. Journey, a district court judge in Sedgwick County, Kansas, is attempting to reform the NRA from within and prevent James from asserting control over the group should she prevail in her lawsuit.

James filed the lawsuit in 2020, alleging NRA leaders paid for family trips to the Bahamas, private jets and expensive meals and clothes that contributed to a $64 million reduction in the NRA's balance sheet in three years, turning a surplus into a deficit.

In March, a New York judge rejected James' petition to dissolve the NRA, but said she could go forward with other goals of the lawsuit, including the ouster of LaPierre.

The NRA says it has undergone a "course correction" by reinforcing oversight, promoting whistleblowers and having LaPierre reimburse the group for spending on personal items.

NRA board of directors re-elects Wayne LaPierre as executive vice president
 

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gab nea
gab nea Jun 01, 2022 2:13AM ET
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go in the army if you want to use an assault weapon, oh I forgot you are a coward.
gab nea
gab nea Jun 01, 2022 2:08AM ET
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they groom assaulters!
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gab nea Jun 01, 2022 1:51AM ET
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the guy was ripping off the donors, wow, and you dont care, the orange guy was and is still ripping off his last donors. how come Republicans like malevolents?
gab nea
gab nea May 31, 2022 6:54AM ET
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it's insulting of an article right next to story of the president and the mourning american families. is there no shame anymore?
John Laurens
John Laurens May 30, 2022 5:40PM ET
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Leftist fascists attack men, fathers, families, history and pride for decades then wonder why their public schools produce vile freaks… AND THEN try to blame inanimate objects for violence. HILARIOUS!
John Laurens
John Laurens May 30, 2022 5:37PM ET
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Good decision. He’s a great man.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 30, 2022 5:37PM ET
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"He’s a great man."  -- sure, if you think it's great when the organization he ran lost 24% revenue and 15% membership in the last 6 years
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John Laurens May 30, 2022 5:37PM ET
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Tre Hsi  unrelated.
gab nea
gab nea May 30, 2022 5:37PM ET
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I forgot you guys like grifters, so he must be perfect, just watch out he may groom your child to use an ar15.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 30, 2022 5:37PM ET
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John Laurens  "unrelated." -- yeah, why judge an executive vice president with his actual management performance eh?
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John Laurens May 30, 2022 5:37PM ET
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Tre Hsi  go home and watch your CCTV... stop thinking for yourself. Pay attention to your overlords..
Glenn Trompeter
Glenn Trompeter May 30, 2022 5:25PM ET
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Soon as this corrupt organization is dissolved the better off our country will be for it.
gab nea
gab nea May 30, 2022 5:25PM ET
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amen to that!
Co Gonz
Co Gonz May 30, 2022 5:25PM ET
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How so? Majority of Mass shootings are from illegal guns and gangs but no one mentions that
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Sam Jennings May 30, 2022 2:47PM ET
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AR15's provide a last line of defense against tyranny. They are less likely to be used in murder than a HAMMER is. All this negative media is just propaganda, intended to destroy the public's last line of defense, against left wing tyranny. Communists have killed 1-2 million people, per year, over the past century. That makes Communists hundreds of thousands of times deadlier than AR15's. Now the Democrat party is jam packed with communists. Bernie Sanders is even on video, praising Fidel Castro, and, obviously, AOC can't even contain herself. In light of how deadly communists are, I put forth that we need to REGISTER AND BAN *COMMUNISTS*, not AR15's... start with Democrat-Communists, whose anti-American agenda has been destroying the country, the constitution, the economy, the American way of life, the American Dream, and the American people. Undermining the 2a should be prosecuted as treason. Voters without the right to bear arms are not VOTERS, at all, but "hopers" and "wishers".
gab nea
gab nea May 30, 2022 2:47PM ET
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crazy talk.
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gab nea May 30, 2022 2:47PM ET
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you are ********the American dream with your assault weapons. wake up!
Co Gonz
Co Gonz May 30, 2022 2:47PM ET
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gab nea you aren’t too smart with histroy. If europe has huns *******wouldn’t gave killed that many people. Mass genocides in Russia, china and all over Asia..
Co Gonz
Co Gonz May 30, 2022 2:47PM ET
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Co Gonz if europe had gun *******wouldn’t have killed that many people
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 30, 2022 2:17PM ET
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losing memberships, declining revenue, bad PR, of course with the fabulous job Wayne is doing, he deserves to be re-elected
 
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