2018 NRA Board of Directors candidate Adam Kraut is pulling no punches this election season. Adam who ran last year for the board and lost by less than 100 votes is pushing two amendment initiatives that would give a voice back to the NRA membership.
The bylaw changes are the culmination of multiple conversations with other fellow NRA members over the past couple months and were drafted as other worried parties within the Second Amendment community saw a need to hold the board more accountable to the membership.
Adam has done his homework. He requested and received the roll call from the last eight meetings (excluding the most recent one). From those minutes he created a spreadsheet tracking the current directors’ attendance. Interestingly enough, there are some individuals who are consistently absent or have missed a large number of meetings.
Former NRA President and current NRA Lobbyist for Florida, Marion Hammer, has attended exactly zero meetings for which Kraut was able to get records. Yet she’s been nominated by the committee for reelection to her board seat once again.
For those who don’t know that’s the same Marion Hammer who said last month . . .
The “bump-stock” device, used by the killer in the Las Vegas shooting, converts a semi-auto rifle to a full-auto rifle.
…there are “Trojan horse members” who are deliberately misinterpreting what the NRA has said. Just like having an (R) after your name doesn’t make you a conservative Republican, having an NRA membership card doesn’t make you an honest member.
Be very careful of anti-NRA people claiming to have many supporters who are merely standing in a hall of mirrors and seeing their own reflections. Don’t be fooled.
This fight is not about the personal financial interests of NRA Board members. This fight should not be used by any individual Board member to attack NRA as a means elevate their own popularity with dissidents and “Trojan horse members.”
Hammer’s attendance records were duplicated by Ted Nugent and Tom Selleck.
Adam Kraut is fighting the good fight and working to give a voice to NRA members that were silenced this past election with the bylaw changes pushed by the board’s old guard. Kraut’s work has demonstrated that the NRA Board has lost touch with the general membership and and the swamp needs draining, to coin a phrase.
Here is the attendance data for the Directors whose term expires in 2018.
As Kraut describes his efforts:
The first petition imposes “term limits” on Directors, as well as an attendance policy. The term limits come in the form of rendering a director ineligible to run for a third or more consecutive term without running by petition of the members. This is to curtail a director being renominated by the Nominating Committee simply because they are a Director. It will also require that they go back to the members for support to continue the organization. Based on the number of Directors who attempted/succeeded this go round, I expect this may shake things up.
The proposed change would also create an attendance policy for the board. Board members would be required to attend 2 of the 3 regular meetings held each year. Failure to do so would render the Director ineligible to be nominated by the Committee. In essence, if someone were nominated by the Committee or ran by petition and was elected for their first term, failure to attend would not allow the Committee to nominate them for a second term. Lastly, the amendment does provide for an excused absence in limited circumstances (emergency/medical treatment, death, natural disaster, and transportation cancellation by the carrier), because things do happen in life and to not recognize such would be foolish. However, if there are three or more successive medical excuses or two or more successive excuses for the other reasons listed, a director would again become ineligible for nomination by the Committee.
In order to bring this to the members, we’ll need about 6,500 signatures of voting members, which is no small task. And that number could go up depending upon how many ballots are cast in this election cycle. The good news, that according to the bylaws, we are no limited in the time to do so, unlike a recall petition. So we could begin collecting signatures now and keep going for a year or more if needed.
The second petition would create an Honorary Board. The purpose of Honorary Boards are to place individuals who possess certain traits on a board where they can be a part of the organization, offer advice and be involved, but not have the same privileges and duties as the governing board. In this instance, the Honorary Board would be entitled to attend regular and special meetings. They would have the same rights and privileges as the Board of Directors except that they SHALL NOT be entitled to vote, be reimbursed for travel expenses, sponsor bylaw amendments, introduce or second motions, or sit in executive sessions of the Board or Committees. I’ve also included a provision that they may be hired by the NRA to perform services, but the Secretary shall be required to compile a quarterly report outlining the amounts paid and description of the services which would be available to the members.
The language that is in bold italics can only be changed by the members if passed. This is particularly important in relation to the first petition, assuming we are successful in getting it on the ballot and passed.
It is imperative that the instructions be followed on these petitions. There is a sheet at the beginning of the packet explaining what the person completing and/or circulating the petition must do.
Time and care was taken to confirm with the NRA’s secretary of the NRA that the petitions would meet all the requirements of the bylaws. It is okay to fill in all of the fields on the computer, other than the signature and date. The signature and date must he handwritten in blue or black ink.
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In the end, it appears that the NRA’s membership now has a fighting chance at regaining a voice in how their organization is run.