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NRA Is Run as a Kingdom With LaPierre as King, Director Tells Judge

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Wayne LaPierre

Wayne LaPierre

Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg

Wayne LaPierre runs the National Rifle Association as his personal kingdom, overriding checks and balances and making critical decisions about the gun group’s future without consulting or informing its board, a director who is also a Kansas judge testified Tuesday.

Any efforts to challenge LaPierre’s decisions and empower the association’s 76-member governing board are “essentially nonexistent,” Phillip Journey, a family court judge in Wichita and member of the board, said at a bankruptcy trial.