In a Friday court filing seeking permission to intervene in New York Attorney General
But Marshall also said he opposes James’s push to have the NRA dissolved based on those allegations. He argued in his filing that dissolution would harm the group’s 5 million members and isn’t supported by state law. He said the court should instead appoint a temporary receiver to run the NRA and potentially recover “looted and wasted” assets.
“The NRA is a well-managed, actively engaged membership organization,” NRA Second Vice President Willes K. Lee said in a written statement. “We will continue on our current course of action -- in the interests of our five million members and their Second Amendment freedoms.”
James said she’s “glad to hear that Mr. Marshall agrees that Wayne LaPierre and his top lieutenants must be removed from the NRA.”
“Our fight for transparency and accountability from the NRA and its leadership will continue because no organization is above the law,” she said in a written statement.
Marshall said he urged the NRA board in July to investigate credible evidence of wrongdoing by LaPierre and other leaders but was ignored.
“Failing to act is a breach of fiduciary duties,” Marshall wrote to fellow directors, according to his court filing. “The harshest critics of the NRA are the members. It is well past time we take heed to their voices.”
Marshall told Bloomberg on Friday that most of his fellow directors did not respond. “Either they’ve ignored me completely or in some cases sent pretty harsh rebukes,” he said. “Keep in mind, some of these people are Wayne LaPierre supporters and respond to any criticism by defending Wayne.”
The judge in the case previously
The case is People of the State of New York v. The National Rifle Association of America, 451625/2020, Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.
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