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Oliver North out as NRA president

by Mickey McLean
Posted 4/27/19, 03:57 pm

Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North announced Saturday he would not serve a second term as president of the National Rifle Association. The announcement came after North attempted to oust longtime NRA CEO Wayne LePierre over a dispute involving the group’s finances and media operations and was made at the group’s national convention in Indianapolis, with North not in attendance.

“Please know I hoped to be with you today as NRA president endorsed for reelection. I’m now informed that will not happen,” North said in a statement read by Richard Childress, the NRA’s first vice president, that was met by prolonged silence by the hundreds of NRA members in attendance.

The dispute between North and LePierre first came to light after the NRA filed a lawsuit against the group’s Oklahoma-based public relations firm. The suit accuses Ackerman McQueen of refusing to hand over its financial records to justify its billings. Some in the NRA have cited concerns about North having a conflict of interest because of his personal $1 million contract with the firm. His American Heroes program appears on NRATV, an online platform created and operated by Ackerman McQueen.

The NRA has also come under fire for various financial and regulator irregularities in recent years, including an attempt by the state of New York, where the NRA is chartered, to strip it of its nonprofit status. In North’s statement, he called for a committee to review the NRA’s finances and operations. “There is a clear crisis and it needs to be dealt with” if the NRA is to survive, he said.

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  • Leeper
    Posted: Sat, 04/27/2019 05:25 pm

    Sorry to see Oliver North leave. Hope the NRA gets issues resloved. They are very important to preserving the second amendment rights.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 04/30/2019 03:33 pm

    The NRA has a member-elected Board of Directors, mostly persons of accomplishment and integrity, some nationally known.  But they don’t really direct very much. The  reins of the NRA are pretty much in the hands of paid staff, Wayne Lapierre foremost among them, for which the Board serves mostly to rubber-stamp the staff’s decisions. A great set-up for possible misuse of funds, if the staff were so inclined. 

    I personally would have bet on the NRA staffs’ integrity, but if Oliver North is raising concerns, I believe there are probably reasons. 

    This controversy is a shame from the standpoint of 2nd Amendment supporters. The NRA has around 5 1/2 million paying members, which far exceeds the total of all “gun control” groups’ membership.  It’s truly grassroots, something no anti-2nd Amendment group can claim,with their funding by billionaire elites like Michael Bloomberg. And anyone who understands the workings of special-interest groups knows that for every member willing to pony up yearly dues, there will be 50 or 100 others who are in sympathy with the goals but who, for various reasons, do not sign on.  

    This brings a power greatly respected by politicians, despite the “we’re going to shut down the NRA” bombast of those who think there should be severe restrictions on citizen firearms ownership. 

    Anyone thinking the NRA is on the ropes is simple-minded.