Oliver North forced out as NRA president amid bitter power struggle

NRA chief Wayne LaPierre, left, and president Oliver North, right, have been involved in a power struggle.

Oliver North appeared to be heading out of the National Rifle Association amid a dramatic and fast-developing power struggle at the top of the influential gun rights organization.

North announced during the annual NRA meeting in Indianapolis he had been told he could not seek re-election as president, ending a brief one-year tenure.

The unexpected moved comes less than 24 hours after it was reported that North and long-serving NRA executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre were locked in conflict over the group’s future direction and a swirl of legal troubles.

“Please know I hoped to be with you today as NRA president endorsed for re-election. I’m now informed that that will not happen,” North said in a letter read at the NRA’s national convention by the group’s second vice-president Richard Childress.

It was unclear exactly what North’s announcement meant amid the apparent power struggle, and it comes before a key meeting of the group’s board on Monday, when North’s term ends.

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There is an empty spot on stage at the members meeting where Oliver North, President of the NRA, should be. pic.twitter.com/VkPRosFQ2e

April 27, 2019

Stephen Gutowski

North, a longtime conservative commentator best known for his central role in the 1980s Iran-Contra affair, said in his letter he was being forced out due to his allegations that NRA leaders engaged in financial improprieties.

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