The state of New York is suing to dissolve the National Rifle Association, according to court documents filed on Thursday.
The suit, which New York Attorney General Letitia James filed in New York state court, alleges that the NRA’s leadership spent funds improperly, engaged in self-dealing, and made false or misleading disclosures to the attorney general and the IRS.
It comes at an immensely precarious moment for the gun group. The NRA spent big to help President Donald Trump get elected in 2016, but now faces serious financial challenges — in part because of hefty legal bills.
On top of that, the coronavirus pandemic has hit the NRA hard. It had to cancel its yearly meeting, which is usually a major fundraising event. And it’s laid off scores of employees.
But even before the pandemic, the group’s leadership faced criticism for what many characterized as exorbitant spending. And an ugly legal fight with its former longtime advertising firm also pushed the group’s inner drama into the spotlight.