NRA: First They Circled the Wagons, Now NRA is Circling the Drain

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NRA Annual Meeting of Members on October 2nd, 2021
NRA Annual Meeting of Members on October 2nd, 2021 “..an amazing celebration of NRA fellowship and freedom.”!? It takes some serious planning and effort to get that sort of horrible turnout for a meeting of an activist group with over 4 million members.

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The “leadership” of the National Rifle Association, are either thoroughly corrupt, delusional, or both. They held their Annual Meeting of Members on October 2nd, 2021, of this year, and the event was described by the new President of the Board of Directors, Charles Cotton as follows:

“The proceedings in Charlotte were an amazing celebration of NRA fellowship and freedom. Under the direction of Wayne LaPierre, the NRA is strong and secure – well-positioned to chart its course for the future.”

An “amazing celebration of NRA fellowship…”?

Cotton and LaPierre conspired to keep the meeting as sparsely attended as possible, moving the scheduled meeting from Houston to Charlotte, then not promoting it at all, and finally, setting up a ticketing service that reported the event as “sold out” almost as soon as the “tickets” were made available. Nothing about the meeting ever appeared in any of the NRA’s magazines, but they did, in a minimal nod toward technical compliance with New York law, publish two or three small notices in a local Fairfax, Virginia weekly newspaper. Information was belatedly added to the official website, in such a way as to be hard to find, then a few emails were sent out, but apparently only to relatively new Annual Members, who would be the least likely to be concerned about all of the accusations of financial chicanery in the Association, and who can’t even vote on most matters at a meeting.

In the end, the meeting room was only set up for between about 400 and 500 people, but counts by multiple attendees came in at between 120 and 140 people. That’s barely enough to comprise the 100-member quorum needed for a legal meeting. And almost half of those attendees were NRA Directors, many of whom were accompanied by their spouses, easily accounting for close to two-thirds of all attendees. Directors also got advance notice of the meeting and registration requirements, along with encouragement to bring friends and supporters.

With all of that, it was not at all surprising when a complex resolution from the floor by Director candidate Frank Tait, calling for a vote of “no confidence” against Wayne La’Pierre and others, and calling for their resignations, was blocked by a parliamentary move by Director Joel Friedman of California, with the support of 75% of the members present.

The meeting was an opportunity for NRA officers to pat themselves on the back and loudly proclaim that all is well, while the Association crashes down around them.

“Under the direction of Wayne LaPierre, the NRA is strong and secure – well-positioned to chart its course for the future.”

Seriously, what’s this guy smoking? Revenues are down dramatically. Membership is down dramatically. Influence on the Hill has all but disappeared. The headquarters building is mortgaged to the hilt and reported to be suffering from serious structural problems, particularly with the roof, which is reportedly leaking so badly that ceilings on the top floors have collapsed, forcing some offices to be relocated. Even Lloyds of London has refused to extend their liability insurance coverage for officers and directors. And the trial phase of the New York Attorney General’s suit against the NRA and its top executives is scheduled to begin in just a few more months.

Looting the National Firearms Museum’s Collection, True or False?

Historic Remington Firearms Loaned To NRA National Sporting Arms Museum
NRA National Firearms Museum & National Sporting Arms Museum

On top of all of that, there are now serious concerns about the state of the National Firearms Museum’s collection, and much of the concern is coming from the long-time Senior Curator of that museum, Doug Wicklund. I raised these concerns with several NRA Directors a couple of months ago, but unfortunately, those Directors who haven’t completely blocked me are on the outs with the “leadership,” and thus were unable to get any additional information. That means that rumors and speculation about the Museum and its vast collection of rare and unusual – not to mention extremely valuable – firearms remain just rumors and speculation. The fact that the former Senior Curator has been blocked from even setting foot in the museum he helped to design and build, even for a farewell photo, has him concerned about what they might be afraid he’ll see – or won’t see – among the exhibits. His concerns lend significant gravity to the rumors and speculation.

There have also been rumors and anonymous reports of NRA Directors and other “insiders,” cherry-picking through firearms that are donated to the NRA, prior to Museum staff having access to them, and before they go out to auction for benefit of the Association.

Obviously, not every firearm donated to the Museum is worthy of being retained in the collection, and many are auctioned off as a regular course of business. This is always explained to donors prior to the consummation of any gift agreement. But the objective is always supposed to be to honor the wishes of the donor and raise funds for the Museum and the Association at large. If NRA insiders are able to acquire items at discount prices prior to auctions, the Museum and the NRA lose out.

With their “secret” meeting in Charlotte, and their overwhelming reelection of Wayne LaPierre and election of Charles Cotton President and David Coy 2nd Vice President, the Board has made it abundantly clear that they are fully committed to the current course, regardless of the desires of the members, or the laws that they’re supposed to operate under. Both Cotton and Coy testified in the failed bankruptcy trial, to their own failures and abuse of the Audit Committee. They both admitted that they’ve not bothered to hold Wayne LaPierre accountable for his multiple, self-confessed breaches of the Bylaws and policies of the NRA, and instructed the outside auditors to ignore LaPierre’s activities as well. These were the two “leaders” primarily responsible for making sure the NRA and its employees stayed on the straight and narrow, and they have confessed under oath to abdicating that responsibility, with no justification for that failure other than to say that they “trust Wayne.” And the response of the Board of Directors to this dereliction of duty was to elect them to the highest offices of the Board.

I now believe that the NRA is a lost cause. The “leadership” has effectively shut out dissenting voices, ignored valid, serious concerns, promoted corruption and incompetence, and stifled member participation. They’ve blown off documented and self-admitted breaches of NRA policies and basic business practices, as well as clearly criminal activities, yet they continue to claim that they are stronger, healthier, and moving in the right direction, like never before.

It’s a tragic farce and it’s all going to come crashing down very soon.

At some point in the very near future, NRA’s $2 million-a-month attorney, Bill Brewer, will decide that there’s no more money for him to suck out of the Association, so he’ll call a special meeting to inform the Executive Committee that the evidence compiled by the NY AG is too strong and overwhelming and that the Association’s best course will be to try and settle the case. He’ll convince them to pay their last pennies to the state of New York to try and keep their “leaders” out of jail, and maintain some shadowy semblance of the great organization they once were. They might even have to agree to give up their tax-exempt status or be forced to refrain from any lobbying or political activity.

Or perhaps they’ll keep on their present course until the judge declares the organization to be totally corrupt and either dissolves it completely, as Attorney General James is demanding, or puts it into receivership pending a total reorganization.

Whatever the end result, you can be sure that the NRA as we’ve known it for the past 150 years, is gone, and it will be many more years – if ever – before it will again be a serious player in US politics.

The emperor and all of his courtiers are glibly marching into a New York courtroom stark naked. What’s worse, they know they’re naked, but their answer to their nakedness is to clamp their eyes tightly shut. Perhaps if the leaders of the various state associations were to work together to have a coherent voice, they could help prevent the coming collapse or at least be able to pick up some of the pieces, but most of them appear to have their eyes firmly shut as well.

What a sad state of affairs.

Even so, there is good news in the midst of the tragic demise of an organization that once changed history and saved the Second Amendment. The enemies of freedom will probably soon lose their biggest fundraising bugaboo. And yet, the Second Amendment itself is as healthy and as strongly defended as ever. Other smaller, more nimble, and scrappier groups have stepped into the breach. Namely the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Gun Owners of America (GOA). But those smaller teams will need support, both financially and from you, the greater Gun Lobby. Stormy days are coming. Be ready to do your part.


About Jeff Knox:

Jeff Knox is a second-generation political activist and director of The Firearms Coalition. His father Neal Knox led many of the early gun rights battles for your right to keep and bear arms. Read Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War.

The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition has offices in Buckeye, Arizona and Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

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American Patriot
American Patriot
9 days ago

My only words to the NRA would be “bye”‍♂️

Considerthis
Considerthis
9 days ago

Don’t know if it is a forgone conclusion that they will lose,assuming they do and are destroyed by the court. Won’t they be forced to liquidate all assets ?
Will the N.Y. courts seize the National Firearms Collection, and will they have it destroyed ?

MBeach222
MBeach222
10 days ago

The last thing gun owners should do is start tearing down the NRA. You helping the Left with articles like this, and jeopardizing Ammoland in the process.

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
10 days ago
Reply to  MBeach222

The last thing the NRA should have done was support never-ending gun control.

You helped the “Left” with their totalitarian efforts and jeopardized freedom.

DDS
DDS
6 days ago
Reply to  MBeach222

Yeah! Lay off with the tearing down the NRA. They’re perfectly capable of tearing themselves down without any of YOUR help!

DDS

NRA Endowment Member.

StLPro2A
StLPro2A
10 days ago

Every solicitation for donations should be returned with a hand written note: Not another penny until Lapew and the current Board are all gone. Donations going to GOA, SAF, and FPC until……

Bobtail
Bobtail
10 days ago

Who?

Smiling Tom
Smiling Tom
10 days ago

I tried to contact Directors from my State before the October meeting. I had a previous commitment I could not break. There was no response to my emails. Mr. Knox’ account seems accurate. If he could include links to the evidence he has found, those of us in State associations might be more successful in getting them to make a stand.

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
10 days ago

Isn’t there a log book and tax records for ALL of the museum’s assets that is held by insurance and tax records, etc?

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
10 days ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

Only those holding the records know… What about all those that donated and procured / support the museum? Such as the founder being locked-out? HE if anybody should have a copy of ALL the records. Assuming and not knowing for a fact at this point is worthless.

Mac
Mac
10 days ago

I let my membership lapse and will not rejoin until that criminal, LaPierre is gone. There are several other progun organizations I did join and none of them are trying to sell me anything!!

Chip Saunders
Chip Saunders
10 days ago

I don’t fear for the organization. They will be replaced by another entity, less corrupt. But I do fear for the museum and its contents. The NY AG will try to seize it all for funding the fines, and will also just likely destroy them as well.

Grim
Grim
10 days ago

The photo of the meeting looks like Trump’s inauguration photo!

MikeRoss
MikeRoss
10 days ago
Reply to  Grim
ralph
ralph
10 days ago

NRA Member for almost 70 years, presently Patron Life. I believe strongly in the organization, but not in its leadership. Time to clean house. I knew when fellow Marine Ollie North bailed out there was a serious problem.

wil
wil
10 days ago

I am saddened by the demise of the NRA, at the hands of WLP, Marion (Cat lady) Hammer, and far too many others to name. You all know who you are and I hope you rot in hell. We should all have listened and supported Neal Knox back in the day. And what is at the bottom of all this. Petty small minded greed. WLP et al decided to hell with the job at hand, protecting and defending the most sacred right and obligation a person or society can have, and turned the Association into their own personal cash cow.… Read more »

Quatermain
Quatermain
10 days ago

I was a youth member in the late 60’s then became a full member in the 70’s with voting rights. In the 90’s I was in Africa and when I renewed my membership through the mail it arrived at NRA late… courtesy of TIA syndrome (This Is Africa). Long story short they pulled my voting rights due to a break in membership. Even a personal visit to NRA headquarters presenting the facts would not change that stance. As a result I ended my association with the NRA and never looked back. Nothing the NRA has done subsequently has made me… Read more »

Bill B
Bill B
10 days ago

I joined the NRA back in the mid 1980’s as a yearly member and upgraded to a life member about 10 years ago. What has soured me against the Wayne LaPierre retirement club was the constant begging for money. As a blue collar guy who made a decent living but from wealthy, the constant mailings and calls begging for donations and then they stopped really fighting for our rights and began negotiating away our rights with our corrupt assed government. That was the last straw for me. I started throwing their begs for money straight in the trash unopened and… Read more »

JimmyS
JimmyS
10 days ago
Reply to  Bill B

The idea that a lobbying organization fights for your rights is ludicrous. The NRA is a perfect example of what really happens: the organization supports legislation they claim to oppose, then use the threat of that legislation to milk more fear dollars from their members. Then they repeat, ad nauseam. The only way rights are maintained in the face of corrupt, tyrannical government (which is any and every government, according to the Founding Fathers) is for principled, armed men to gather and confront the criminals wearing the mantle of government and either force them to relent or remove them from… Read more »

Ram
Ram
10 days ago

Time for a new ghost written episode from Wayne.
“A Fudd’s Guide to Devouring a Cash Cow”. . . .
Or “The Art of Modulation, Noise but no desire to win
in the culture wars”.

WSmith
WSmith
10 days ago

This is nothing new and endemic to the senior management of the NRA

JNew
JNew
10 days ago

I STILL say it’s worth saving. Dismissing the NRA for a subjective feeling of satisfaction by “sticking it to LaPierre” only gives progressive liberal enemies more power. They’re LOVING this right now as we implode. My immediate wish is for everyone to go to any and all large NRA meetings to heckle and protest. I’d like to see the internet flooded with smartphone videos of LaPierre and Cotton being booed off stages and out of rooms. The biggest problem Americans face today is their own indolence. “Hire someone else to do the work! They’re not working out? Then leave and… Read more »

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Finnky
Finnky
10 days ago
Reply to  JNew

Did you see video of Governor Abbot signing pro-gun bills? They had set up a public event with Abbot, Lt. Gov. Patrick and Wayne sitting at head table. Cheers for Abbot and Patrick, and when Abbot signed. Then he introduced Wayne and the boos were heartening. Abbot appeared taken aback – guess we need to start a letter campaign to him, to inform him how far the NRA has fallen under Wayne. Politicians were trying to tie themselves to Wayne in order to further their careers – if they understand how toxic Wayne is, they will spurn him hammering more… Read more »

JNew
JNew
10 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

Yes, Wayne is bad. I want to see the whole house cleaned. But there are a lot of uneducated NRA members out there who will keep the current staff in charge until we expose them to all the members.

JimmyS
JimmyS
10 days ago
Reply to  JNew

Every single federal gun law, and most State gun laws on the books passed with the SUPPORT OF THE NRA, going back a century. If you think the NRA is on our side, or that it has been any time in the past century, you are simply ignorant of the facts. I encourage you to gather facts.

Patriot Solutions
Patriot Solutions
10 days ago
Reply to  JimmyS

Indoctrination is the epidemic.

JNew
JNew
10 days ago
Reply to  JimmyS

I’ve had those facts for years, friend. What you need to understand is that the answer to a bad NRA is a good NRA, not no NRA.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
10 days ago
Reply to  JNew

I see what you are saying, but once someone is hired to do the work, they should do the work! And refrain from stealing from out of the till.

nrringlee
nrringlee
10 days ago

As with any bankruptcy the art is in the breakup. Take the operating components and deliver them as whole and functional as possible to new management, real leadership and give those valuable assets a chance to continue their valuable work in renewed soils. The instruction, education and recreation branches need to be delivered as whole and functional entities to NSSF, CMP and IHEA as soon as possible. First step would be to move them out of DC and move them to safe ground in Red states. Take their associated corps of volunteers along for the ride. So now, instead of… Read more »

OldTroop
OldTroop
10 days ago
Reply to  nrringlee

CMP? You’re kidding right? The rank and file employee are fine, but cronyism in management has taken a page from NRA. I guess they got a little too comfy eating at the taxpayer trough.

GoBoy
GoBoy
10 days ago

As I was reading this article it led me to believe that someone really hated the NRA. Well low and behold it was Jeff Knox. I don’t know if you younger members remember that his father was removed from the NRA leadership, but Neal has had a cockerbur in his rear end that has caused him to hate the NRA. I know and understand some of the things going on in the NRA and it really hurts to think that things look bad. It is the liberal gun hating people who are behind the destruction of the NRA and in… Read more »

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
10 days ago
Reply to  GoBoy

I would say the opposite. Until recently, Jeff has encouraged people to send money to Journey to “save the NRA.” No promises of what the new NRA would look like – you have to save it (with your money that will go to lawyers) to find out later what it will look like. No promises to start publicly outing flip-flopping politicians and revoke their A ratings. No promises to encourage politicians to publicly debate Watts to earn an A rating. To get an A rating all you have to do is not vote for a lot more gun control. No… Read more »

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nrringlee
nrringlee
10 days ago
Reply to  GoBoy

You can detest the leadership without abandoning the rank and file. In this case NRA management has abandoned the rank and file. That is the problem. Save the functional components of NRA by a well executed liquidation of assets to new leadership. See my comments above.

DDS
DDS
6 days ago
Reply to  GoBoy

Sounds to me like you have a little catching up to do. Start here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neal_Knox One of the recurring themes throughout Knox’s career was his uncompromising stance on gun laws and the 2nd Amendment, which he believed recognizes a pre-existing human right to self-defense. His views would lead him into many confrontations with other members of the NRA leadership and Congressional leadership. Knox publicly accused many NRA leaders of being too moderate. In 1977, Knox was among the hardliners who took control of the NRA. The same hardliners fired Knox from the NRA five years later in 1982. Over the… Read more »

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Dry gulched
Dry gulched
10 days ago

I’m done with the No Rifles for Anybody. I’ll join other orgs that fight for my 2A rights. What I’ll really hate is the crowing the lefts zombies will do when the NRA finally succumbs to it’s own foot shooting it’s been doing. Really hate to see it because we need every dog in this fight, but the NRA just isn’t up to it anymore.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
10 days ago
Reply to  Dry gulched

No Rifles for Anybody”, Sorry, I do not understand what this phrase means. Are you saying the NRA is against American Civilians having “long guns”? I do understand a lot of the governmental INFRINGEMENTS Americans experience today came through the support of the NRA.

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
10 days ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

“No Rifle for Anybody” (NRA) Catch up with the sarcasm.

Bill
Bill
10 days ago

So sad! Let’s start a NNRA- A New Natl Rifke Assoc!

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
10 days ago
Reply to  Bill

Or just flip over to the Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the 2nd Amendment Foundation

Black Powder 26
Black Powder 26
10 days ago

What a sad state of affairs! But as a life member and certified instructor I think we all saw this coming. Perhaps the total destruction of the organization is what is needed, so something new can rise from the ashes. On the down side the elimination of the current NRA will totally feed into the gun-grabbers narrative and they will surely take advantage of this situation. GOA and other groups will be our last hope to try and stem the rising tide of anti 2A radicals. These other pro 2A groups desperately need our support. Dark days are ahead for… Read more »

nrringlee
nrringlee
10 days ago

Concur. Well stated. As for us in the trenches we continue teaching, coaching and leading our clubs and ranges until the bankruptcy administrators do their work and give us new colors under which to fly. When the going gets tough the tough get going. Press on.

BenV
BenV
11 days ago

I had joined NRA a few years ago as I started to get interested in firearms. What I have seen since is the NRA has a lot of the same problems the ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League) has. I have been a ham radio operator since 1992 and a member of the ARRL for several years. Both the ARRL and the NRA is full of old buddies that pat each other on the back and cover each others backsides rather than tackle big issues. I suppose the good thing firearm wise is there are other gun organizations that lobby for… Read more »

hippybiker
hippybiker
10 days ago
Reply to  BenV

BenV I’ve been a member of the ARRL for about the same time. There is no comparison between the 2 organizations! I gave up on the NRA after how bad the treated Neal Knox, who was a real fighter and leader in the2A fight!

Cam
Cam
11 days ago

I’m a life member of over 20 years, they don’t even bother calling to try and get cash from me anymore. I asked every time they called is Wayne still there? He is? Well you won’t get a dime till him and his ilk are gone. That went on for three years then they just stopped calling.