The US National Rifle Association (NRA) has canceled its annual meeting in Houston, Texas, due to concerns over Covid-19.
"Due to concern over the safety of our NRA family and community, we regret to inform you that we have decided to cancel the 2021 Annual Meeting & Exhibits," the group said in a statement.
“The NRA’s top priority is ensuring the health and well-being of our members, staff, sponsors, and supporters. We are mindful that NRA Annual Meeting patrons will return home to family, friends and co-workers from all over the country, so any impacts from the virus could have broader implications. Those are among the reasons why we decided to cancel our 2021 event,” it added.
This comes after the NRA filed for bankruptcy protection in January to reincorporate in Republican-dominated Texas and escape what it called “a corrupt political” environment in New York.
A federal judge in Dallas, however, ruled against the NRA’s bankruptcy case in May, saying the organization cannot use a bankruptcy case to relocate to gun-friendly Texas from New York, where it is currently facing a lawsuit.
The ruling by Judge Harlin Hale dealt a serious blow to the NRA’s effort to use the laws to evade New York officials seeking to dissolve it over corruption.
Hale argued that the NRA did not file for Chapter 11 in “good faith,” but did so to avoid oversight by New York Attorney General Letitia James and gain an “unfair litigation advantage” over her.