NRA seeks bankruptcy protection, plans move from New York to Texas

The National Rifle Association, the gun industry’s chief advocate, said Friday it was leaving New York for Texas and would seek bankruptcy protection.

The NRA excoriated New York’s government and justice system in a statement, saying the state has a “toxic political environment.” Based in Fairfax, Virginia, the organization has operated as a New York-registered nonprofit since its founding in 1871.

The group will explore moving part of its operations to Texas, the NRA said.

The planned actions, including a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in Texas, come five months after New York state Attorney General Letitia James filed a civil suit that seeks to dissolve the association for and accused executives of using millions of NRA dollars for personal uses, including private-jet travel, trips to places including the Bahamas and pricey meals.