The longtime leader of the National Rifle Association (NRA), a gun lobby, announced his resignation on Friday, January 4. His announcement comes days before the start of a civil trial in New York that is preparing to examine his tenure of this influential gun rights organization.

Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and general manager, said his departure will take effect January 31. He has led the NRA since 1991. Andrew Arulanandam will become interim CEO and executive vice president, the organization announced.

“With pride in all we have accomplished, I announce my resignation from the NRA,” Mr. LaPierre said in a statement released by the organization. “I have been an integral member of this organization for most of my adult life, and I will never stop supporting the NRA and its fight to defend…the Second Amendment. My passion for our cause burns brighter than ever,” he continued.

Accused of embezzlement

A lawsuit filed by New York State Attorney General Letitia James against the NRA, Mr. LaPierre and others who held leadership positions within the organization is scheduled to begin Monday. Mr. LaPierre is one of the expected witnesses.

Letitia James, a Democrat, accuses Mr. LaPierre and other executives of illegally embezzling tens of millions of dollars from the NRA and spending the organization’s funds on personal travel, convenience contracts and other expenses. doubtful.

Ms. James seeks to prohibit Mr. LaPierre and other executives from serving in any leadership role in any nonprofit or charitable organization operating in New York.