The controversial leader of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, may be staring down the barrel of a challenge for his seat by Texas GOP former congressman Allen West.
In an interview this week, West said, “I guess I’ll have to go into prayer about this and make sure this is something that the Lord would have me do.” West added If he did run for the position of CEO of the NRA, he would work to restore the “honor, the character and the competency” of the gun rights organization.
According to West, he has been weighing the decision after calls by former and current NRA board members for him to run against LaPierre. Several have released statements endorsing his run against LaPierre ahead of the NRA’s first in-person meeting since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We need a new leader who will work to resolve the outstanding litigation in New York and the District of Columbia,” said former NRA board member Rockey Marshall. “Only then will the NRA be able to effectively serve all members, especially in the crucial upcoming elections, and get the NRA back to serving our members and reaching out to the 7.5 million new gun owners since 2019. We think Allen West is that leader.”
The NRA is facing a lawsuit by New York Attorney General Letitia James, claiming the organization misused millions of dollars in funds.
In response to the calls for him to run against LaPierre, West told The Reload, “It is deeply humbling and I am honored that these current and former NRA Board Members would put such trust and confidence in my abilities. I have to pray and consult with my family. I love the NRA and my life has been defined by answering the call to serve, and my oath to the Constitution has no statute of limitations.”
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