Wayne LaPierre Resigns As NRA Chief

by Tommy Grant

In a significant development for the National Rifle Association (NRA), Wayne LaPierre announced his resignation from the prominent gun rights organization. As the face of the NRA for decades, LaPierre has been instrumental in advancing Second Amendment freedoms, growing the organization’s membership, and promoting responsible gun ownership across the United States.

LaPierre’s decision to step down was revealed in an exclusive press release to Fox News Digital. Reflecting on his tenure, LaPierre expressed unwavering support for the NRA and its mission, stating, “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 President Charles Cotton confirmed the acceptance of LaPierre’s resignation during a board meeting in Irving, Texas. Citing health reasons, the 74-year-old leader will officially depart from his role on January 31. Andrew Arulanandam, currently overseeing executive and general operations, will step in as the interim CEO and executive vice president.

LaPierre’s resignation comes amid legal challenges, notably a trial concerning a corruption case led by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The lawsuit accuses the NRA’s leadership of financial mismanagement and misappropriation of funds, which the organization counters as a biased attack against Second Amendment rights.

Since joining the NRA in 1977 and becoming its CEO in 1991, LaPierre has been a staunch advocate for gun rights. His legacy includes the expansion of constitutional carry laws, which saw 2023 mark the U.S. as a constitutional carry-majority nation, the establishment of “Friends of the NRA,” a non-political charity, and the widespread endorsement of stand your ground laws.

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