NRA chief Wayne LaPierre said Wednesday hunting and shooting African wildlife is just part of his job.
Testifying at a Texas bankruptcy court hearing convened as part of the pro-gun group’s effort to evade a move by New York officials to put it out of business, LaPierre said hunting water buffalo and elephants on the dime of NRA vendors was “all work.”
Among the allegations leveled in a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James is that LaPierre and other key players at the NRA used donor funds like a “piggy bank” to fund extravagant trips around the world, no-show contracts and a traveling “glam squad” of stylists for LaPierre’s wife, Susan.
One question from James Sheehan, chief of the AG’s charity bureau: Did LaPierre receive “free hunting trips including all expenses paid for by Under Wild Skies and other NRA vendors?”
“Yes. That was all work,” LaPierre replied.
“You received an elephant hunting trip in Africa with your spouse in 2014, correct?” Sheehan asked.
“As part of the work for NRA, yes.”
The NRA executive vice president — he is effectively the organization’s leader and reportedly draws a salary of nearly $1 million along with other compensation — stuttered when asked why his wife joined him on a water buffalo hunt in Botswana in 2014, explaining it was “part of projecting her image for the NRA.”
LaPierre spoke during the third day of a hearing in Texas federal bankruptcy court. The NRA filed for bankruptcy in Texas five months after James filed a suit in New York seeking the group’s dissolution.
LaPierre, appearing virtually for the proceedings, admitted he put the NRA into bankruptcy without consulting the majority of the group’s 76-member board.