NRA’s Wayne LaPierre fled to a friend’s luxury yacht to escape public outrage over mass shootings

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National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md.

  • Wayne LaPierre used a yacht to flee public outrage over mass shootings.
  • He spoke about the yacht in a deposition filed as part of the NRA’s bankruptcy case.
  • He said he was “basically under presidential threat without presidential security.”
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National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre feared for his life after mass school shootings in recent years, and sought refuge on his friend’s luxury yacht.

LaPierre spoke about the yacht, owned by Hollywood producer Stanton McKenzie, in a deposition filed over the weekend as part of the NRA’s bankruptcy case in Dallas.

“I was basically under presidential threat without presidential security in terms of the number of threats I was getting,” LaPierre said in the deposition. “And all of us were struggling with how to deal with that type situation with a private citizen with the amount of threat that we were having. And this was the one place that I hope could feel safe, where I remember getting there going, ‘Thank God I’m safe, nobody can get me here.'”

He said he used the yacht as a “security retreat” because he felt threatened by public outrage over the shootings and gun policies.

Read more: The House passed two bills for universal gun background checks before the Colorado and Atlanta shootings. Here’s what the measures would do.

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