He pointed out San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ recent vote to designate the group a “terrorist” organization and the NRA’s legal battle with the state of New York.
The NRA is accusing New York of illegally discouraging banks and insurance companies of doing business with the gun-rights group.
“In the face of these attacks…we fought back,” Mr. LaPierre said. “We fought back. We took them to court, and we won.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James is also investigating the group’s coveted non-profit status.
Mr. LaPierre ignored those internal battles in his address and urged attendees to get active before the 2020 election.
“Let’s not let Michael Bloomberg dictate from the White House what freedoms we’re allowed to have,” he said, referring to the former New York mayor and 2020 presidential contender with whom the NRA has sparred over the years.
“And let’s not allow Bernie Sanders to transform the United States of America to a free republic to a socialist nightmare like Cuba or Venezuela,” he said.
A man appeared to yell “No red flag laws!” in the middle of Mr. LaPierre’s address before being escorted out by security and serenaded with “USA!” chants by the surrounding crowd.
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