NRA fights fading influence as longtime leader resigns
The big picture: The group, whose CEO announced his resignation on Friday, is attempting to stave off declining luster and impact in Washington.
Catch up quick: Wayne LaPierre, who has led the organization since 1991, announced that he's stepping down as CEO just days before he and other NRA officials are set to face a civil trial in New York.
- New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit in 2020, accusing LaPierre and other officials of fraud and mismanagement. The NRA has denied any wrongdoing.
- The trial is set to begin Monday and is expected to last six weeks, per NBC News.
Zoom in: The NRA has been facing internal feuds, legal scrutiny and conflict with other groups within America's gun lobby.
- It's also seen a steady decline in lobbying activity since 2015 in both the number of lobbyists and money spen, according to OpenSecrets analysis from Senate Office of Public Records data.
- Heading into the 2024 presidential primaries, Republican candidates have continued to carry the torch of defending a strict interpretation of the Second Amendment and rejecting the notion that more strict legislation would reduce gun violence.