The NRA just won a significant victory in court today with a New York state judge refusing to allow the state’s AG to dissolve their business and shut them down:
CNBC – A judge has rejected an effort by New York’s attorney general to put the National Rifle Association out of business, but will allow her lawsuit accusing top executives of illegally diverting tens of millions of dollars from the powerful gun advocacy organization to proceed.
Manhattan Judge Joel M. Cohen said allegations of NRA officials misspending on personal trips, no-show contracts and other questionable expenditures can be addressed by other remedies, such as fines and remuneration, and do not warrant the “corporate death penalty” that Attorney General Letitia James had sought.
The judge also raised concerns that shutting down the NRA could impinge the free speech and assembly rights of its millions of members. Nevertheless, he said, James’ lawsuit can continue against the NRA, its longtime leader Wayne LaPierre, and three other people who have served as executives with the organization.
While the lawsuit will be allowed to continue, this is a huge blow to James. She was seriously overreaching because she wanted to build her reputation on this. She wanted to be the one that shut down the NRA. It wasn’t good enough that she’d taken out the former governor of New York. No, she wanted to deal a death blow to one of the most hated institutions by Democrats and the left and let them all sing her praises.
But she failed and now she’s just the politician who took out one of her own.