We covered Wayne LaPierre’s boilerplate speech to CPAC and panned Mr. Bespoke $20,000 Suit‘s tired routine. We also noted that (thankfully) the NRA is working on finding a replacement. The sooner that process is concluded, the better.
Now we learn that the NRA’s President has called a special meeting on March 14th,
in direct violation of the group’s corporate bylaws. (See update at the bottom of the post.)
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.”]
John Richardson over at No Lawyers – Only Guns and Money brought up the little detail of the NRA’s bylaws.
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.
Mr. Richardson also offered his thoughts about calling for a special meeting of the board that doesn’t satisfy the rule of law:
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.
Maybe NRA President Carolyn Meadows thought nobody would notice the lack of the required 30 days notice. Maybe the hastily-called meeting has something to do with LaPierre’s replacement. Either way, nothing can legitimately happen at this meeting as proper notice did not occur. All it will do is rack up still more expenses for the beleaguered gun rights org.
UPDATE: A reader called our attention to a correction posted by the No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money blog noting that the NRA’s bylaws have been updated to allow for 72 hours notice for “special meetings” of the board. Given the update, it appears that the notice given for Sunday’s board meeting is sufficient within the NRA’s bylaws. We regret the error.