Wayne LaPierre announced that he will be resigning as the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) CEO.
LaPierre has worked for the organization for almost 50 years, joining the NRA in 1977.
He served as its executive vice president and CEO since 1991.
“With pride in all that we have accomplished, I am announcing my resignation from the NRA,” LaPierre said in a press release. “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.”
“I am proud of the NRA’s advocacy in New York and, through it all, determination to defend the Second Amendment. I can assure you the NRA’s mission, programming, and fight for freedom have never been more secure. What makes the NRA unlike any other advocacy organization is the depth and experience of its professional team, the unwavering support of its members, and its fighting spirit,” he added. “I have enormous confidence in our board of directors, executive leadership team, and my long-time colleague Andrew Arulanandam. Andrew knows every facet of this organization and has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with me in every arena imaginable. Andrew knows how to help the NRA win – he’s been one of the key authors of our playbook for decades.”
He cited health concerns as his reason for stepping down, according to Fox News.
LaPierre’s departure comes as he is set to face trial in a corruption case brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James against the NRA.
“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 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,” the press release stated.
“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.” –Wayne@EmmColt/@FoxNews ➡️https://t.co/wC7D9tF6vw pic.twitter.com/bEvDBmhy7W
— NRA (@NRA) January 5, 2024