NRA is 'out of ammo' as it faces a legal mess of its own making, many experts say

The National Rifle Association has found itself tangled in a legal web of its own making, many experts say, as a federal judge considers the fate of its bankruptcy claim.

2/23/2021 4:28:00 AM

Plagued by infighting and targeted by a sprawling investigation, the National Rifle Association has found itself entangled in a legal web of its own making, several experts told ABC News.

The National Rifle Association has found itself tangled in a legal web of its own making, many experts say, as a federal judge considers the fate of its bankruptcy claim.

in a bankruptcy blog."Maybe I'm missing something and the NRA is crazy like a fox, but it really looks like a move done out of desperation."Among other allegations in its lawsuit, the New York attorney general accuses the NRA's leaders of using the organization's funds for personal use. The NRA has vehemently denied these claims.

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In addition to the New York attorney general's attempts to have a trustee assigned, a separate effort spearheaded by other forces within the NRA is seeking additional court-ordered oversight of the organization.Phillip Journey, a Kansas state judge who was recently elected to the NRA board of directors, asked the court last week to appoint an"independent examiner" to determine"the veracity of the alleged fraud, dishonesty, incompetence, and gross mismanagement that has plagued the NRA's reputation." Experts said the appointment of an independent examiner would likely lead to the appointment of a trustee.

18th Judicial District Court, Sedgewick County, KansasIn this undated file photo from the 18th Judicial District Court, Sedgewick County, Kansas, website, Judge Phillip Journey is shown."I think it's in everyone's interest that these questions be resolved quickly, and that the fratricidal behavior continue for as short a period of time as possible," Journey told ABC News."Let's try to get to the bottom of this."

In his court filing, Journey also suggested that NRA leadership failed to properly inform board members of its plan to file bankruptcy -- a possible violation of the organization's bylaws. Brewer pushed back on Journey's assertion."Unfortunately, [Judge Journey] seems to mistakenly believe the NRA reorganization plan did not follow board and internal protocol," Brewer said in a statement."This plan was undertaken in full compliance with NRA policy. The plan has been widely endorsed by NRA board members, NRA members, elected officials, and other key stakeholders."

On Wednesday, the U.S. government's bankruptcy office moved to dismiss Brewer as a"special counsel" to the NRA in the case, saying that Brewer is"deeply entangled in numerous disputes at the core of the NRA's bankruptcy cases" -- including some of the"billing improprieties" cited by the New York attorney general's office in its complaint.

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Experts said they believe Hale will first rule on the motion to dismiss the bankruptcy case before undertaking the question of a trustee or examiner.The New York attorney general's office, in its motion to dismiss, accused the NRA of"fleeing or seeking an end run around a pending regulatory enforcement action in New York." The ad agency Ackerman McQueen, which claims to be the NRA's largest creditor, made a similar case in its motion to dismiss, accusing the NRA of filing for bankruptcy in"bad faith" as part of an effort to avoid legal scrutiny in New York state.

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Brendan McDermid/Reuters, FILEIn this Aug. 6, 2020, file photo, New York State Attorney General, Letitia James, speaks during a news conference in New York.Both filings cited public commentary from NRA leaders, who have repeatedly said that the organization remains financially stable and that the bankruptcy litigation is meant to circumvent scrutiny in New York state.

Robert Lawless, a bankruptcy professor at the University of Illinois, said both points"immediately raise questions of a bad faith filing.""Big cases tend not to get dismissed for bad faith issues," Lawless said."But there's a strong chance of that here."

Brewer said that any allegations of a bad faith filing reflect"another transparent move in a partisan crusade to shut down the NRA."And some of the gun group's most high-profile supporters are applauding the organization's attempts to restructure itself in Texas.

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