President Trump said the National Rifle Association should move to Texas after the New York attorney general announced efforts to dissolve the gun-rights group.
The state’s Attorney General Letitia James, a Democrat, filed a lawsuit on Thursday charging the NRA with a multitude of “fraud and abuse” violations. Among the accusations James is throwing at the group include financial misconduct, alleging the group used money for vacations, private jets, and high-priced meals.
“That’s a very terrible thing that just happened,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. “I think the NRA should move to Texas and lead a very good and beautiful life, and I’ve told them that for a long time.”
Trump said Texas, known for its history of pro-gun culture, would be a great state for the NRA to thrive in.
“I would say that Texas would be a great place and an appropriate place for the NRA,” he said. “This has been going on for a long time. They’ve been absolutely decimated by the cost of that lawsuit, and it’s very sad. But I would suggest that that’s what they should be doing.”
James said she intends to file the state’s complaint with the Internal Revenue Service to look into potential infractions of the Internal Revenue Code.
The lawsuit names four current and former NRA executives, including Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
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