NRA Leaves New York to Reincorporate in Texas, Announces New Strategic Plan

NRA Plans to Exit New York to Pursue Opportunity, Growth, and Progress in Texas; Plan Benefits Association, Its Millions of Members, and All Supporters of the Second Amendment.

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Fairfax, VA – -( The National Rifle Association of America (“NRA”) today announced it will restructure the Association as a Texas nonprofit to exit what it believes is a corrupt political and regulatory environment in New York. The move will enable long-term, sustainable growth and ensure the NRA’s continued success as the nation’s leading advocate for constitutional freedom – free from the toxic political environment of New York.

The NRA plan, which involves utilizing the protection of the bankruptcy court, has the Association dumping New York and organizing its legal and regulatory matters in an efficient forum. The move comes at a time when the NRA is in its strongest financial condition in years.

The NRA will continue with the forward advancement of the enterprise – confronting anti-Second Amendment activities, promoting firearm safety and training, and advancing public programs across the United States. There will be no immediate changes to the NRA’s operations or workforce.

The Association will seek court approval to reincorporate the Association in the State of Texas – home to more than 400,000 NRA members and site of the 2021 NRA Annual Meeting in Houston.

“This strategic plan represents a pathway to opportunity, growth and progress,” says NRA CEO & EVP Wayne LaPierre. “Obviously, an important part of this plan is ‘dumping New York.’ The NRA is pursuing reincorporating in a state that values the contributions of the NRA, celebrates our law-abiding members, and will join us as a partner in upholding constitutional freedom. This is a transformational moment in the history of the NRA.”

The restructuring plan aims to streamline costs and expenses, proceed with pending litigation in a coordinated and structured manner, and realize many financial and strategic advantages.

The Path Forward

The NRA will move quickly through the restructuring process. Its day-to-day operations, training programs, and Second Amendment advocacy will continue as usual.

By exiting New York, where the NRA has been incorporated for approximately 150 years, the NRA abandons a state where elected officials have weaponized the legal and regulatory powers they wield to penalize the Association and its members for purely political purposes.

In the summer of 2018, then New York Attorney General candidate Letitia James vowed that, if elected, she would use the powers of her office to investigate the “legitimacy” of the NRA.

Without a shred of evidence to support the claim, she called the Association a “terrorist organization” and a “criminal enterprise.” As promised, she commenced an “investigation” upon being elected to the Office of NYAG and, predictably, filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the NRA just prior to the November 2020 national election.

The NRA filed a lawsuit in August 2020 against the NYAG similar to its lawsuit against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Financial Services, filed in 2018. The NRA pursues the defendants for attempting to “blacklist” the organization and its financial partners in violation of their First Amendment rights. The NRA will continue those legal actions.

“Under this plan, the Association wisely seeks protection from New York officials who it believes have illegally weaponized their powers against the NRA and its members,” says William A. Brewer III, counsel to the NRA in those cases. “The NRA will continue the fight to protect the interests of its members in New York – and all forums where the NRA is unlawfully singled out for its Second Amendment advocacy.”

With respect to its headquarters, the NRA has formed a committee to study opportunities for relocating segments of its business operations to Texas or other states. The Association will analyze whether a move of its headquarters, now located in Fairfax, Virginia, is in the best interests of its members. In the meantime, the NRA’s general business operations will remain in Fairfax.

To facilitate its strategic plan and restructuring, the NRA and one of its subsidiaries filed voluntary chapter 11 petitions in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division. Chapter 11 proceedings are routinely utilized by businesses, nonprofits, and organizations of all kinds to streamline legal and financial affairs.

The NRA also announced Marschall Smith will serve as Chief Restructuring Officer. A former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of 3M Company, Smith has more than 35 years of legal and business experience with an emphasis on compliance, corporate finance, and corporate governance.

“I am honored to join the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization during this important time,” Smith says. “Our goal is to work through the restructuring process efficiently and quickly – even as NRA leadership approaches 2021 with renewed energy and an expanding national platform. This plan has no impact on the NRA’s most important goal: serving its membership and protecting the Second Amendment.”

The NRA will propose a plan that provides for payment in full of all valid creditors’ claims. The Association expects to uphold commitments to employees, vendors, members, and other community stakeholders.

“The plan allows us to protect the NRA and go forward with a renewed focus on Second Amendment advocacy,” says NRA President Carolyn Meadows. “We will continue to honor the trust placed in us by employees, members and other stakeholders – following a blueprint that allows us to become the strongest NRA ever known.”

Additional Information:

Patrick J. Neligan of Neligan LLP, Dallas, Texas, is serving as debtor’s counsel; William (Wit) Davis is counsel to the NRA Board of Directors and its Special Litigation Committee; Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, Dallas, Texas, serves as special counsel to the NRA. To learn more, please visit

About the NRA:

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s largest and oldest civil rights organization. Approximately five million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement, and the military. The NRA’s 2021 Annual Meetings and Exhibits will be held September 3 – 5, 2021 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Follow the NRA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Perfect opportunity for LaPierre to retire. He needs to go. There is too much smoke around him for there not to be some fire. Time for a fresh start for the NRA from top to bottom. I’ve been a member for 45 years but I won’t send them another dime until he’s gone. My money is going to GOA and SAF until that time. They appear to be doing more than the NRA now anyway.

Watch um

Well just leave the NRA, you sound just like some of the Republican congressional people who turn tails on Trump. You can kiss my ass


Why are you so supportive of the NRA? Their history of supporting gun control laws has been discussed before. Do you agree with the gun control laws they have supported?

Dave in Fairfax

Watch um,

Wayne, is that you?
Aren’t overlooking something?


Most of us have left the NRA because of LaPierre


Mark a spot, you’re all ass.


Considering Trump and the NRA worked together to enact more arms control in his first two years than the previous two administrations combined, our 2A rights would be much more secure without butters and Fudds such as yourself trying to “help”.


Welcome to Texas but please leave Wayne behind


And I hereby nominate @MrColiinNoir to replace LaPierre.




How about Niger Innis?


His dad, Roy, is a real stand-up guy for 2A. If he is anything at all like his dad, I would be glad to see him do this or maybe enter politics. Of course, Roy not entering politics when he was younger may have had a lot to do with a crippling handicap he had; too much integrity.


Their strategic plan should have been to jettison LaPierre five years ago, clean house, and move forward. He is why they had to file for bankruptcy. The NY AG is a pestilence upon humanity, but the NRA gave her an opportunity.


Wrong! They should have dumped LaPierre 25 years ago.


As soon as they combined two months of the magazine into one I knew they we doomed. Sure it saved money BUT it also showed how the NRA considered WLP more important than the survival of the association.


NRA = Not Relevant Anymore. Until Wayne LaPierre is behind bars, the current BOD has been removed and Bylaws are change to prevent the corruption from happening again, I don’t care to hear anything related to the NRA. It is dead to me.


Don’t believe the Demwit lies.


What is the current NRA view on red flag laws? The current view.

Ansel Hazen

Could work as long as nobody tells Wayne the new address.

And just think, if they deny Wayne’s receipts for all those suits and stop funding communism by buying all that junk they use for membership gifts, the NRA might actually become solvent again.

uncle dudley

NRA needs to divest themselves from all properties and holdings on the east coast as those states have become anti-gun.
Move to the mid-west to a gun friendly state such as Missouri.
I don’t think the Texas move idea is the right one as too many from California is headed there and will have their liberal ways with them.


I say South Dakota. There are way more republicans than demonrats. I think it is about 75 to 25 percent.


With all due respect, small states like South Dakota don’t matter (and I love SD). Texas is the most important battleground in the country. If Texas flips Blue, there will never be another conservative Republican president. Ever. TX + CA + NY = Electoral Lock The party that owns these three most populous states controls the entire country and you can kiss 2A rights in South Dakota, as well as anywhere else, goodbye. (And they won’t even have to cheat to do it!) Dems know this. This is why they’ve been trying to flood the state with poor left-leaning Centra… Read more »


Texas will flip due to:

  • Republican legislators and the governor encouraging companies from CA and NY to move there; and
  • Republican legislators not doing anything to end birthright citizenship.

Leave the Second Amendment Advocacy to the people who do it right: GOA, 2AF, FPC and the state Citizens Defense Leagues. Get NRA back in to the instructional and recreational aspects of shooting sports. NRA has been too polluted by the Potomac Swamp Gas for too long to be clear thinking about Constitutional law. Get back to the traditional role of teaching and shooting. Leave the fight to those who do not surrender ground.


As long as La Pierre and co. are in charge I don’t care.


If you are a conservative gun owner in a Cal & NY why not move to a red state. The more conservatives that move the faster Cal & NY will have to go red to survive.


This exact issue came up at a NRA Members Council meet over 20 years ago in So Cal. Big Wayne was asked this very question concerning why NRA was still incorporated in a Blue Utopia, New York and had not been removed to more defensible grounds like TX or AZ. Of course, the crowd got reminded of just how stupid we are any why the cabal in the DC suburbs had all of the answers so we just needed to STFU and send money from bent knees. I am going to say it. We frigging told you so. Not one… Read more »


It sounds to me like they’re actually running away from NY because they can’t fight with the resources they’re supposed to have. And filling for bankruptcy while claiming their financial strength is raising more than a few eyebrows. If they’re losing members and falling apart as they’ve clearly shown, it makes perfect sense to question their current leadership figures. Frankly, I won’t be happy until Le Pierre is gone. All the poor marketing decisions, in-fighting, and corporate office politics happened under him and his sycophants. They spread the organization far too thin and it’s been biting them in the keister… Read more »


About time – just maybe I’ll rejoin. Will never get anything from NY again. What they put in the house and senate destroyed the US !


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott reacted to the news that the NRA may be moving to the state by tweeting, “Welcome to Texas—a state that safeguards the 2nd Amendment.”


That’s hilarious considering Texas is one of the few states that doesn’t have some form of unlicensed carry of handguns, has a history of violating 2A rights, and Abbott’s own party has killed constitutional carry every time it has been introduced to the legislature. Then again I wouldn’t expect anything different from a Fudd like Abbott. The NRA refused to support constitutional carry in Texas the last time it was introduced as well. Abbott has the authority to call a special legislative session, which he has done before, and demand any bill not acted on in the regular session be… Read more »


I figured that since he has been begging California companies to move (with their employees) to Texas, he was probably happy to have the NRA as well.

A quick search, and – yep.


At least Texas has legal carry. NJ will never have legal carry. Stop with the negativity.


The negativity? You mean actually holding politicians accountable for their actions? Yeah, I don’t see that as negativity and I refuse to ignore the fact that Republicans have the overwhelming majority and, therefore, the ability to actually uphold the 2A instead of just paying lip service to it and yet they continue infringe on our rights. They have learned they can keep violating our rights and get away with it because people, such as yourself, will keep voting for them as long as you see them as not as bad as the other guys.


Oh boy – is all of that right.


Why are you telling me?


Chill man, I didn’t attack Texas. You posted that Abbot should stop the NRA from moving to Texas and I posted a quote indicating he was welcoming them. He has also encouraged companies to move from both CA and NY to Texas. Why are you angry?

There are a lot of great folks in Texas.


When you get all emotional like this you fall right into their trap.
“Emotionalize, Antagonize, and Goad Opponents… draw them into emotional responses which will tend to make them look foolish…”
Rule #18 –
You’ve had this technique used on you, Will. Take a few deep breaths and compose yourself… or you’ll stay in the anti’s trap.


Who is an anti and what are they against?


Stop believing the lying Demwits. It was never proven about LaPierre.

Dave in Fairfax


What was never proven about WLP? You’ve got to be much more specific.


Want to bet that he will follow Disinformation Rule #8, “Invoke authority: instead?
“present your argument with enough “jargon”… to illustrate you are “one who knows”, and simply say it isn’t so without discussing issues or demonstrating concretely why or citing sources.”
-The 25 Rules of Disinformation

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Yep, and when Lil’Wayne got caught with his hand in the cookie jar the first thing he did was cry as he pointed a finger and said “It wasnt me, it was them!”

You can be sure Gandalf wont talk about that, or how that has been Pierre’s go to tactic since the late 90’s. While we are at it, how about we also make sure to not expect him to explain the jack-wagon lawyer tie in that he has been wasting money on.

There are just so many options here he can’t wait to avoid!


Interesting. I did type “will” for the reply, but it shows up as “wjd” after I posted. Seems like a glitch


Hey NRA if you fire the anchor that is dragging you down, WLP, you probably would not have to file BK. He should have been jettisoned years ago.


They should have left TAX York 20 years ago!!!


I fled CA for TX three years ago at the age of 81, bringing with me values that totally are in conformity with Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Allen West and the members of this forum I think most of the CA ex-pats are conservatives, who left CA because of disgust with the CA far-left government, not just for more affordable living. I hope I’m right on this. My home is in rural Burnet County and we voted 4:1 for Trump.

Ralph (NRA Patron Member. GOA Member).


Over the years, I have been a vocal critic of the NRA. I am persona non grata in Fairfax. Regardless, I’m glad to hear they are finally proactively doing something about New York. Whatever the NRA’s flaws, for the next four years we’re going to need them in the fight. Now we need everyone to help keep their feet to the fire in order to ensure they don’t try to adopt a “compromise” like Toomey-Manchin. And if I may say so, now is not the time to engage in a circular firing squad by debating the merits of the NRA… Read more »

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Yes, indeed.


FPV02/Paul, More gun control laws at the federal level are on the way. There are just too many anti-2nd Amendment legislators. The NRA has been ineffective at reaching white, suburban women and providing them facts regarding the lies upon which gun control laws are based. Therefore, anti-gun politicians have been able to convince them more gun laws will keep their children safe. Unfortunately, even the most outspoken “pro 2nd Amendment” politicians have done very little to address the same issue. Even the new ones, prior to taking office have tweeted and given interviews non-stop about protecting the right of government… Read more »


NRA’s accomplishments over the past four years include advocating for two acts of gun control that were enacted (bumpstock ban and FixNICS) and advocating for risk protection orders (red flag laws) which have been enacted in several states. They’re not your friend. They are a very treacherous enemy to 2A rights.

Dr. Strangelove

Good point. As corrupt and bloated as they are, they still have power and are the big, bad wolf to the left.


Weird – a lot of posts have been disappearing over the last month or so. When posts are deleted, it puts the conversation out of context and makes it look like people are replying to themselves.

Dr. Strangelove

Unless the reorganization includes dumping LaPierre and the bloated bureaucracy that the NRA has become, I’ll continue to financially support the SAF, GOA, NAGR, and my local groups.

AZ Lefty

And? this does not absolve Wayne or others from the NY inquiry.

But I do hear Bespoke suits are cheaper in Dallas

Dr. Strangelove

You have a point. NY audited Rush’s taxes every year for a long time as a way of persecuting him for leaving in such a public manner, and influencing many others to do the same.