New York Attorney General Letitia James’s office in a legal filing on Wednesday argued the National Rifle Association’s bankruptcy and move to Texas should not deter its dissolution case filed last year. The gun-rights group last month announced it would declare bankruptcy and leave New York, where it has been incorporated since the 18th century, and move to Texas.
James’s office in August announced it was filing a lawsuit to dissolve the group, citing a law governing the oversight of non-profit entities in New York. In a filing made earlier on Wednesday in New York state Supreme Court, James’s office wrote the lawsuit should remain in good standing. The suit claims the group misused its funds, a charge the NRA denies. “Any moneys the Attorney General recoups will be returned to the NRA or, upon a judicial dissolution, used in accordance with donor intent or with Court direction and approval for a purpose substantially similar to the mission of the NRA,” the filing stated. “With respect to the public policy test, the Attorney General is not adjudicating private rights against the NRA but is enforcing New York law designed to protect the public and the undefined charitable beneficiaries as a class from fraud and misconduct by public charities.” James herself made a similar point on the case in a statement issued on Friday. “We will not allow the NRA to use this or any other tactic to evade accountability and my office’s oversight,” she said. [full article]