This sounded so insane we waited for confirmations of it, and now we have them.
NRA’s leadership is planning for a physical relocation of headquarters to Texas. This would do nothing for them with regard to their fight with the NY Attorney General. That’s determined by the fact that NRA is a New York corporation, an artificial being owing its existence to New York law. A physical move does not change this (if it did, NRA’s being headquartered in Virginia for the past 30 years would have made a difference). NRA tried to use its disastrous bankruptcy to make it legally a Texas corporation, and that failed completely.
The effects of such a physical relocation would be destructive, enough to finish off the organization. Half or a majority of staff would quit rather than sell their houses, uproot their kids, and move 800 miles. All but LaPierre and a few others at the top are on “at will” employment, and can be fired any day without any reason – who would spend thousands to move when they could be fired the next day? ILA’s Federal Affairs lobbyists would be left on the Hill, and isolated from the rest of the organization. NRA, which is now teetering on the edge of going bankrupt for real, would have to pay for its move, sell its headquarters (the office market in Fairfax isn’t good), and buy a new HQ. This would just be insane.
If the New York judge catches wind of it, looking as it does like another stupid and futile attempt to escape his jurisdiction, and squandering of the members’ money, he might just appoint a conservator to watch over the corporation’s assets. The board obviously can’t do that job.
We thought this an insane move. But then, so was filing for bankruptcy while (falsely) telling the court NRA is in great financial condition, hiring a $1,400 an hour attorney whose track record is continuous losses, using a PR firm to launder your money and then suing them, firing Chris Cox, hiring an attorney with 14 months’ experience to be your General Counsel, making an embezzler (Woody Phillips) your treasurer, and responding to the Attorney General’s investigation by purging everyone who’d called for honesty. (Rant endeth here.)