- NRA leader Wayne LaPierre saved a vote of confidence on Saturday.
- The NRA board is scheduled to vote Monday on whether to renew LaPierre’s status as executive vice president.
- The NRA’s annual convention continues over the weekend in Houston after the mass shooting in Uvalde.
The longtime leader of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, saved a vote of confidence among NRA members on Saturday.
The vote of confidence comes ahead of a Monday vote on the NRA board on whether to renew LaPierre as executive vice president, which he expects to win, Reuters reported.
The NRA held their annual meeting in Houston this weekend, just days after an 18-year-old gunman fired at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
The NRA’s annual meeting, which began Friday, protested in Houston. Scheduled speakers like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Senator John Cornyn withdrew from the event while Sen. Ted Cruz remained. Former President Donald Trump spoke at the event and criticized Gob Abbott for not attending.
LaPierre is accused of misusing millions of dollars in funding “far from the organization’s charitable mission for the personal use of senior leadership,” according to a lawsuit by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
James called for the dissolution of the NRA, a request denied by a New York judge in March, Insider Laura Italiano reports.
In his decision, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Joel M. Cohen kept James ‘case alive in 2020, but found that it “did not allege the kind of public harm that is the legal linchpin of imposing’ corporate death penalty. ‘”
Cohen added that “dissolving the NRA could interfere, at least indirectly, with the freedom of speech and assembly rights of millions of its members.”
The NRA welcomed the decision, calling it “a shocking victory” for the organization and its 5 million members.