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Nra Chief Staves Off Efforts To Oust Him

The head of the National Rifle Association staved off efforts Sunday by dissidents seeking his removal and gave a passionate defense of his five-year tenure, saying he brought the gun lobby back from “almost certain collapse.”

For more than an hour, Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president, defended his actions - from staff firings last summer and his advertising strategy to the organization’s declining finances and membership - at an acrimonious meeting of the board of directors.

Alluding to his precarious standing among some members of the 76-member board, LaPierre said he had decided to address the group because he believes if he survives until the full-membership meeting in Seattle later this year, the 2.8 million members will strongly support him.

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