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Water buffalo and elephant hunts just part of NRA leader's job, he testifies at Texas bankruptcy hearing

Molly Crane-Newman, New York Daily News on

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“We filed this bankruptcy to look for a fair legal playing field where the NRA can prosper and grow — as opposed to, what we believed, had become a toxic, politicized, weaponized government in New York state,” LaPierre said.

Scores of LaPierre’s answers were stricken from the record as he struggled to give a straight answer and stuttered throughout his testimony.

Judge Harlin Hale, sitting in Dallas bankruptcy court, will rule if the bankruptcy case should proceed, or if questions surrounding the NRA’s money woes should continue to be litigated in New York courts. The nonprofit listed its assets between $100 million and $500 million in filing for bankruptcy.

The NRA and other parties in the case appear to agree that despite the bankruptcy filing, the organization is financially sound.

Hale said Wednesday that the NY AG’s motion to throw out the case is “the most important motion I’ve ever heard as a judge.”

On Monday, the court heard a deposition from LaPierre in which he described hiding aboard his Hollywood producer pal David McKenzie’s yacht in the Bahamas to escape the national outrage that erupted after the slaughter of innocent children with military-grade firearms.


“And this was the one place that I hope could feel safe, where I remember getting there going, ‘Thank God I’m safe, nobody can get me here,’” LaPierre said in a videotaped deposition played during the trial’s opening remarks.

“And that’s how it happened. That’s why I used it.”

Under more questioning about his summer boating activities Wednesday, LaPierre described his time aboard the “Illusions” as a “security retreat.” He said his two donor-funded trips to Europe on a separate boat — this one named the “Grand Illusions” — were to recruit celebrities to join the NRA.


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