Many people think the NRA is going downhill fast. There have been many warning signs over the past few years especially along the lines of problems with their board and leadership. With that being said, this is an organization that’s been around since 1871, when they were incorporated in New York.
Today they have membership numbers that total about 5 million. The organization said that in the first half of 2021, they added 225,000 new members. By all accounts, they seem to be in strong standing as one of the most prominent Second Amendment supporting groups. But there are still quite a few issues within their operation that have come to light recently. So that leads to the big question: is the NRA in trouble?
Here are a few signs that don’t make them look so hot lately.
Bankruptcy Thrown Out by the Courts
In January of this year, the NRA filed for bankruptcy. Unfortunately for them in May, Bankruptcy Judge Harlin Hale of Dallas declared that their bankruptcy filing was “not in good faith.” Whoops. By tossing that out, the NRA is forced to defend itself against a lawsuit in New York which may result in the non-profit’s disbandment. That doesn’t look very good for their future. It’s hard to imagine a world without the NRA, since they have such a long-running history of positive Second Amendment support.
Attendance at Their Annual Meeting Was Down
The NRA’s held its most recent annual meeting on October 1st. The current president of the board of directors for the NRA, Charles Cotton, said that the meeting was “an amazing celebration of NRA fellowship.” But was it? The normal attendance rates are usually pretty high, and their website claimed they were almost immediately “sold out.” They need at least 100 members to show up and officially hold the meeting, and they made that number only by a few with an estimated 120-140 people in attendance. That’s much lower than usual, making it seem like they were specifically trying to keep people away.
Theft in the Museum
It’s been really strange lately that the National Firearms Museum collection isn’t open to the public anymore. There have been reports that they aren’t even letting curator, Doug Wicklund in either. The rumor is that many of the museum’s most valuable and rare pieces are missing due to the sticky hands of insiders and directors who have had access. Uh-oh.
You can draw your own conclusions about how well the NRA is doing. Hopefully, this long-standing organization will be able to turn things around for the rest of 2021 and will look forward to a more promising 2022 of renewed faith in the group.