(Reuters) – The National Rifle Association said on Friday that it will defend itself against New York's Attorney General Letitia James' attempt to shut it down in a state court in Manhattan and has withdrawn its own trial trying to block her efforts.  The NRA took the step after a federal judge on May 11 dismissed the gun rights group's bankruptcy case in January, which he called a false attempt to evade Attorney General James' oversight and gain an "unfair litigation advantage."
Attorney General James sued the NRA in August last year, accusing it of corruption, including diverting millions of dollars to officials, including CEO Wayne LaPierre, its leader for three decades. She is also seeking CEO LaPierre to be removed.
"Wayne LaPierre and his lieutenants used the NRA as a breeding ground for personal gain and a lavish lifestyle," Attorney General James said in a statement. "Our struggle for openness and accountability will continue because no one is above the law."
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Later, it filed similar counterclaims in the Manhattan case, accusing Attorney General James of violating its constitutional freedom of expression in a politically motivated "retaliation campaign" because the Democrat disapproved of what it stood for. "Will ensure that the NRA's claims continue to be discovered and fully justified by members' rights," NRA lawyer William Brewer said in a statement.
The NRA has been instrumental in opposing pro-democracy weapons control measures in the United States. Congress, and to make gun rights a central political goal of the Republican Party.
When he dismissed the bankruptcy case after a 12-day trial, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Harlin Hale of Dallas wronged CEO LaPierre to settle it without telling his board.
Judge Hale also warned that a further bankruptcy petition could lead to the appointment of an external trustee to the NRA, while adding that trial evidence suggested that the group "now understands the importance of compliance."
The case is New York v. The National Rifle Association of America Inc. et al.