Rumors started on Sunday with a report by Dan Zimmerman of TTAG about Wayne LaPierre’s speech to CPAC. After saying that Wayne’s speech was old and stale, he concluded with this teaser, “The good news is, we happen to know that the NRA is actively seeking his replacement.”
Then yesterday, John Crump who writes for Ammoland.com had a tweet saying to “prepare for some big NRA news on or around March 14.”
The March 14th date was interesting because there was no hearing set on that date in either the NY Attorney General’s dissolution case nor in the NRA’s bankruptcy case.
It turns out that NRA President Carolyn Meadows has called for a special meeting of the Board of Directors to be held in Dallas on March 14th.
March 2, 2021
SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
TO: Board of Directors and Executive Council
The NRA President has called for a special meeting of the Board of Directors to take place on Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. in Dallas, Texas. The sole purpose of the meeting is to provide a briefing to the Board regarding the NRA’s reorganization plan and the legal matters overseen by the Special Litigation Committee, and to take any necessary action directly related to those matters.
The NRA Board of Directors and Executive Council and will meet at the Omni Dallas Hotel, 555 South Lamar Street, Dallas, Texas 75202, (214) 744-6664. The date, time and location of all meetings are on the attached schedule of meetings and meals. [Special Note: The special meeting of the Board of Directors will start at 10:00 a.m. Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, March 14. Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 14. On Saturday night, remember to set your clocks forward one hour (i.e., losing one hour) to “spring ahead.”]
Members in attendance are authorized reimbursement for ordinary and necessary expenses actually incurred on the following basis:
If I had to speculate – and that is always a dangerous thing – I would say that it is a move to get the Board of Directors to explicitly approve the filing for bankruptcy. You may remember that Judge Phillip Journey made the point in his motion for a court-appointed examiner that the directors’ never voted to file bankruptcy. Further, bankruptcy law expert Prof. Adam Levitin wondered if the Board had shirked its fiduciary duties by not explicitly approving a bankruptcy filing.
As the after the fact approval of many expenditures by the Board’s Audit Committee makes clear, the NRA Board has a history of approving things after the fact that should have had explicit pre-approval. This could be one of those ex post facto approvals. I would be the most surprised person in the room if it was actually to announce a replacement to Wayne LaPierre. I just don’t see a Board packed with Wayne loyalists doing that.
UDPATE: A friend who knows the NRA bylaws far better than me just pointed out something about this special meeting. According to Article IV, Section 3 (b), while the President, the Executive Committee, or the majority of the Board can call a special meeting, it has a notification requirement.
From the NRA Bylaws:
Notice of the time, place, and object of such special meetings shall be mailed to each Director at least 30 days before the date of holding such meetings.
Now I know that the NRA Bylaws don’t mean much to Wayne and company but you would think that given both the dissolution lawsuit and the bankruptcy proceedings that dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s just might be the smart way to go. I don’t know if the Board is getting their advice from William Brewer III, NRA General Counsel John Frazer, or the Board’s attorney Wit Davis but whomever said it was OK to ignore the bylaws either doesn’t give a big rat’s ass or is an idiot.
Either way, anything voted on and decided in this Special Meeting of the Board could be challenged in court as being invalid due to violating the bylaws.