Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the National Rifle Association since 1991, announced Friday that he is stepping down from his role leading the organization. The announcement comes as LaPierre is set to face charges from New York Attorney General Letitia James that he and three of his top subordinates violated state and federal laws and spent NRA charitable funds on themselves.
In an NRA press release obtained by Fox News, LaPierre said, “With pride in all that we have accomplished, I am announcing my resignation from the NRA. I’ve been a card-carrying member of this organization for most of my adult life, and I will never stop supporting the NRA and its fight to defend Second Amendment freedom. My passion for our cause burns as deeply as ever.”
NRA EVP Wayne LaPierre Announces Resignation from NRA
The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) announced today that Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre announced he is stepping down from his position as chief executive of the organization, effective January 31.… pic.twitter.com/GbGBWktu7C
— NRA (@NRA) January 5, 2024
LaPierre, 74, reportedly cited health reasons for his decision according to NRA President Charles Cotton during a Friday board meeting in Irving, Texas. LaPierre’s resignation is effective Jan. 31st and Andrew Arulanandam is set to serve as the interim CEO and Executive Vice President of the NRA.
In the press release Cotton said,
“On behalf of the NRA Board of Directors, I thank Wayne LaPierre for his service. Wayne has done as much to protect Second Amendment freedom as anyone. Wayne is a towering figure in the fight for constitutional freedom, but one of his other talents is equally important: he built an organization that is bigger than him. Under the direction of Andrew Arulanandam, the NRA will continue to thrive – with a renewed energy in our business operations and grassroots advocacy. Our future is bright and secure.”
Referencing the oncoming lawsuit from New York State, the release stated, “The NRA continues its defense of a lawsuit by the New York Attorney General, and LaPierre is an individual defendant in that action. It is well-known that the NYAG vowed to pursue the NRA when she was a candidate for her office and, upon being elected, filed a lawsuit to dissolve the Association in August 2020. Trial proceedings in that case begin Monday.”
Speculation abounds as to LaPierre’s motivations. LouderWithCrowder Studios commentator Mrgunsngear seemed to welcome the development in a post to X writing, “1. Thank God 2. Why do y’all think he’s resigning? Plea deal in NY? Forced out due to tremendous drop in funds? Finally had enough $3K suits paid for by members?”
1. Thank God
2. Why do y’all think he’s resigning? Plea deal in NY? Forced out due to tremendous drop in funds? Finally had enough $3K suits paid for by members? 🤨#nra #Finally #WayneLapierre @NRA pic.twitter.com/o2OBsBUFZN
— Mrgunsngear (@Mrgunsngear) January 5, 2024
Libertarian Nicholas Sarwark quoting The New York Times noted, “Membership has plummeted from nearly six million five years ago to 4.2 million today. Revenue is down 44 percent since 2016, according to internal audits, and legal costs have soared to tens of millions a year.”
“Membership has plummeted from nearly six million five years ago to 4.2 million today. Revenue is down 44 percent since 2016, according to internal audits, and legal costs have soared to tens of millions a year.”https://t.co/qf2Kfr0ocX
— Nicholas Sarwark (@nsarwark) January 5, 2024