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Trump Pulls US from UN Arms Trade Treaty at NRA Show

Trump Pulls US from UN Arms Trade Treaty at NRA Show

The National Rifle Association, a normally "buttoned-up organization" - according to The New York Times - is in turmoil, as the organization's president Oliver L. North seeks to oust Wayne LaPierre, the association's CEO since 1991. But he has repeatedly been at odds with Russian Federation and China during the first two years of his presidency and has only two more years remaining in his term. "I choose to stand and fight, and hope to bring 5 million members with me".

The NRA convention, which started with large banners displaying the picture of Oliver North welcoming delegates, continues on Monday.

When Mr North was appointed president of the organization, Mr LaPierre hailed him as "a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader".

In a statement read to NRA members at the group's annual convention, North made it clear that the NRA's board of directors pushed him out. "I am now informed that that will not happen". "The bottom line is this: As the NRA plummets, the gun safety movement just keeps growing". Adding to the scrutiny of the gun rights group, The New York Times reported on Saturday that the New York attorney general, Letitia James, announced on Saturday afternoon that she has opened a formal investigation into the group's financial practices, and is looking into whether it should retain its nonprofit status. Of particular concern to some board members and rank-and-file is the fiery tone of NRATV, the media arm of the NRA that was created and is operated by Ackerman McQueen.

Fox News reported on the letter Friday and received no comment from North or Ackerman McQueen.

The review led the NRA to sue its longtime public relations firm, Oklahoma-based Ackerman McQueen, which some NRA officials complained was refusing to turn over financial records. In a statement to the Journal, Ackerman McQueen argued that it was complying and called the lawsuit "frivolous, inaccurate and meant to cause harm to the reputation of our company".

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An NRA attorney and board member said the NRA had investigated many of North's accusations and found that LaPierre's wardrobe expenses were justified given his public appearances. North explained that the letter would not be sent - if I were to promptly resign as your Executive Vice President. And, if I supported Col.

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.

This comes as both the United States and Russian Federation suspended their obligations under the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, giving rise to fears of a new arms race. In February, Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., wrote to LaPierre, stating they have "grown increasingly alarmed by the complex web of relationships" between people associated with the NRA and Russian officials.

Last week, the gun control group Giffords filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission for failing to take action against the NRA for alleged campaign-finance violations.

U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered his staff to prepare new arms control treaties with Russian Federation and China, according to a report published Thursday.