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What People Are Saying About the NRA Filing for Bankruptcy, Fleeing New York in Attempt to Escape Culpability for Years of Illegal Self Dealing

In a Friday afternoon news dump, the NRA announced it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and attempting to reincorporate in Texas. The move comes as the NRA faces steep financial consequences and potential dissolution stemming from a New York Attorney General lawsuit, which alleged years of illegal self dealing and fraud by the NRA and its top executives. The news broke in the week after the attempted coup at the Capitol, which was fueled by decades of fear-mongering from the NRA

Here’s what people are saying about the news: 
NYT“Seeking an end-run around an investigation by the New York attorney general, the National Rifle Association said Friday that it was declaring bankruptcy and would reincorporate in Texas… Long the nation’s most powerful gun lobby, the N.R.A. played a diminished role in the 2020 election, hampered by financial woes and a host of legal challenges.” 

Washington PostThe NRA is “fleeing ongoing litigation brought against it by the New York State attorney general, who has sought to dissolve the organization for violating its nonprofit status.” 

USA Today“Chapter 11 bankruptcy is designed to allow companies or organizations to restructure their operations, shed debt, delay lawsuits and emerge as a sustainable enterprise. But it can lead to dissolution or liquidation.”

ABC: “The National Rifle Association announced that it intends to restructure as a nonprofit based in Texas and has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protections.” 

NBC: “The planned actions, including a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in Texas, come five months after New York state Attorney General Letitia James filed a civil suit that seeks to dissolve the association for and accused executives of using millions of NRA dollars for personal uses, including private-jet travel, trips to places including the Bahamas and pricey meals.” 

CBS“The National Rifle Association said Friday that it has filed for bankruptcy and is moving to Texas, where the organization says it has 400,000 members. The NRA is currently based out of New York, where state Attorney General Letitia James has filed a lawsuit alleging financial crimes by its top officials and is seeking to disband the organization.” 

New York Daily News: “NRA seeks cover from NY lawsuit by filing for bankruptcy in Texas; AG Letitia James says state is ‘undeterred’”

John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety:  “Let’s be clear about what’s happening here: The NRA — which is losing power and hemorrhaging money — is now filing for bankruptcy in an attempt to escape legal culpability for years of financial mismanagement and illegal self dealing. This desperate maneuver is a de facto admission of guilt.”

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action“The NRA can try to run from its years of deception, decadence, and self-dealing, but it can’t hide. The NRA has become a front group for gun manufacturers and a personal piggy bank for its leadership – all while endangering millions of lives. They’ve been out of touch with the American people for decades, and now they’re out of money, too.”

New York Attorney General Letitia James“The NRA’s claimed financial status has finally met its moral status: bankrupt. While we review this filing, we will not allow the NRA to use this or any other tactic to evade accountability and my office’s oversight.”