The N.R.A. Ousts Oliver North and Stifles Debate on Financial Wrongdoing - 2019-04-28
The National Rifle Association's annual convention was consumed by infighting on Saturday, after its president, Oliver North, was ousted by its board and its longtime chief executive, Wayne LaPierre, a week after a joint investigation by The New Yorker and The Trace exposed hundreds of millions of dollars in questionable payments to N.R.A. executives, contractors, and venders. Adding to the scrutiny of the gun-rights group, the Times reported on Saturday that the New York attorney general, Letitia James, has opened a formal investigation into the group's financial practices, including whether it should retain its nonprofit status.
The convention began with Richard Childress, the N.R.A.'s first vice-president, reading aloud a letter from North, whose role in the organization is largely ceremonial, to hundreds of members gathered at the Indiana Convention Center, in Indianapolis. In the letter, North said that he would not seek a second term as president and had created a committee to examine the allegations of financial mismanagement by LaPierre. "If true, the NRA nonprofit status is threatened," North's letter said. "There is a clear crisis that needs to be dealt with immediately and responsibly so the NRA can continue to focus on protecting our Second Amendment."
This story was published in partnership with The Trace, a nonprofit news organization covering guns in America.