NRA president 'forced out' after alleging financial impropriety within gun lobby's leadership

Posted April 29, 2019

Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North said Saturday that he will not serve a second term as the president of the National Rifle Association amid inner turmoil in the gun-rights group.

He was not at the members meeting when the announcement was made in a letter read by NRA First Vice President Richard Childress. In the letter, North said there is "clear crisis" at the organization and "it needs to be dealt with", the New York Times reported.

But the pair have since fallen out, with Mr LaPierre telling NRA board members in his letter on Thursday that Mr North was seeking to humiliate him, discredit the NRA, and "raise appearances of impropriety that hurt our members and the Second Amendment" which gives Americans the right to keep and bear firearms, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Beth Dragoo, who has belonged to the NRA for more than 40 years, said, "I tend to want to dig into the facts for myself, and find out through the organization what's going on rather than trying to think that someone who doesn't belong to the organization could possibly know more".

The lawsuit says Ackerman might have overbilled the NRA and that a conflict of interest for took place for North, who combined the position of NRA president and an Ackerman employee.

An empty spot remained on stage where North should have been.

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North, a central figure in the Iran-Contra scandal, was selected a year ago to be the NRA's president.

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LaPierre also stated that the challenges the organization faces right now are unprecedented, and vowed to resist efforts to curtail the rights of gun owners.

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Amid the bitter internal spat, the NRA meanwhile has filed a lawsuit against its advertising agency Ackerman McQueen, complaining of unjustified billings.

There also have been reports about divisions within the organization over NRATV - operated by Ackerman McQueen - which streams dire, dystopian programming that often has little to do with guns.

Childress, who read North's statement, said he only found out the night before that he would be asked to read it.

"I believe our Board and devoted members will see this for what it is: a threat meant to intimidate me and divide us", he continued.

Mr. LaPierre had said in his letter to the board this week that Mr. Those convictions were overturned in 1991.

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