For decades, the National Rifle Association has been one of the most powerful lobby groups in the US. But despite continuing success in blocking even the lightest of gun laws, the NRA’s own donors and members have lately expressed concerns about its leadership.
On Thursday, the New York attorney general, Letitia James, crystallised those concerns into a 168-page lawsuit that seeks to dissolve the NRA, claiming four of its top officials “funneled millions into their own pockets”, and describing the organisation as “a breeding ground for greed, abuse and brazen illegality”.
David Smith reports on how the NRA strayed from its core purpose to become a victim of its own success and hubris, while Amanda Holpuch outlines the power struggles and personal corruption detailed in the lawsuit.
The NRA said it would counter-sue, claiming the lawsuit was politically motivated,…