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Judge dismisses NRA bankruptcy case in blow to gun group

WASHINGTON - MARCH 18: Steve Brown wears a NRA hat in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building, March 18, 2008 in Washington, DC. Today the high court is hearing arguments on whether the District of Columbia's strict firearms law violates the U.S. Constitution. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

DALLAS (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed the National Rifle Association’s bankruptcy case.

Judge Harlin Hale announced his decision Tuesday in the case over whether the powerful gun-rights group should be allowed to incorporate in Texas instead of New York.

Lawyers for New York Attorney General Letitia James argued the bankruptcy filing was an effort by NRA leaders to avoid accountability for using the group’s coffers as their piggybank.

The ruling leaves the NRA to face a New York state lawsuit that accuses it of financial abuses and aims to put it out of business.

The NRA’s embattled CEO, Wayne LaPierre, pledged in a statement to continue to fight for gun rights in New York.


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