The letter came in early March and the message was dire.

The National Rifle Association could shut down “very soon,” according the four-page fundraising letter, signed by the group’s executive vice president Wayne LaPierre.

He blamed the dire straits on steps Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken to pressure banks and insurance companies that do business with the gun rights organization.

“[R]ight now we’re facing an attack that’s unprecedented not just in the history of the RNA, but in the entire history of our country [all emphasis original],” the letter began. . “And if this attack succeeds, NRA will be forced to shut down forever.”

The threat, LaPierre said, is imminent.