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NRA Boss Skirts No-Confidence Vote as Internal Tensions Erupt

  • LaPierre loyalists target ‘enemy within’ at annual meeting
  • One dissident accuses leader of cowardice for going unarmed
Wayne LaPierre speaks at the NRA annual convention in Houston, Texas, on May 27.
Wayne LaPierre speaks at the NRA annual convention in Houston, Texas, on May 27.Photographer: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre avoided a no-confidence vote that would have ousted him from the post he’s held for more than 30 years, just days after a school massacre recharged the debate over US gun laws.

The proposed vote didn’t concern the shooting, but was drafted by NRA dissidents unhappy with LaPierre’s leadership, which has come under withering internal criticism in recent years. The motion’s author, Robert Ryan of Arkansas, accused LaPierre of “cowardice” for failing to carry a firearm for personal protection.