Oliver North Set to Become Next NRA President

By Dave Dolbee published on in General

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has announced that retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Oliver North will become the next president of the association “within a few weeks.” The news stunned some in that Pete Brownell (abruptly) decided not to run for a second term, Both the NRA’s first and second vice presidents were also unable to take the position, but none of that dampened the enthusiasm for North.

Oliver North speaking at the 2018 NRA convention

Lt. Colonel Oliver North, USMC (Ret.) will become President of the National Rifle Association of America within a few weeks

Here is the full announcement from the NRA.

Lt. Colonel Oliver North, USMC (Ret.) will become President of the National Rifle Association of America within a few weeks, a process the NRA Board of Directors initiated Monday morning.

“This is the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became President of our Association,” said NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre. “Oliver North is a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator, and skilled leader. In these times, I can think of no one better suited to serve as our President.”

North said he was eager to take on this new role as soon as his business affairs were put in order. North is retiring from Fox News, effective immediately. “I am honored to have been selected by the NRA Board to soon serve as this great organization’s President,” North said. “I appreciate the board initiating a process that affords me a few weeks to set my affairs in order, and I am eager to hit the ground running as the new NRA President.”

The NRA Board acted quickly to begin the process for North to become President, after former NRA President Pete Brownell announced this morning that, in order to devote his full time and energy to his family business, he had decided not to seek election to a second term. In his letter to the Board, Brownell wholeheartedly endorsed North for President.

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“Discussing this with Wayne LaPierre,” Brownell said in the letter, “he suggested we reach out to a warrior amongst our board members, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, to succeed me. Wayne and I feel that in these extraordinary times, a leader with his history as a communicator and resolute defender of the Second Amendment is precisely what the NRA needs. After consulting with NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, First Vice President Childress and Second Vice President Meadows, I can report there is extraordinary support for Col. North.”

“Pete has served the NRA with great courage and distinction,” LaPierre said. “I am grateful that he joined me in enthusiastically recommending Oliver North to the Board of Directors.”

After the announcement, NRA First Vice President Richard Childress informed the board that he had multiple commitments in the next several weeks and was unable to be immediately available to serve as interim President. The Board then selected Second Vice President Carolyn Meadows to serve as its interim President. Meadows will step aside in a few weeks, when North is prepared to take on his new role as NRA President.

LaPierre congratulated the NRA Board for its action. “The board acted quickly and with great vision,” LaPierre said. “Oliver North is, hands down, the absolute best choice to lead our NRA Board, to fully engage with our members, and to unflinchingly stand and fight for the great freedoms he has defended his entire life.”

“Oliver North is a true hero and warrior for freedom,” LaPierre said, “and NRA members are proud to stand with him.”

How do you believe Oliver North will benefit the NRA and the Second Amendment? Share your answers in the comment section.

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Comments (17)

  • Dan Upham

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    Lt Col, North was one of my instructors at the USMC Basic School in Quantico Virginia in the Spring of 1970. As then I stand with him in this new and appropriate extension of the journey to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Good luck “Ollie”.

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  • Jeffrey Koon

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    Well, well well, seems the NRA might have a memory that is working for them. I hope the Colonel is still up for this kind of fight. He voluntarily took the sword during Iran/Contra, as was the plan, and he very handily handled the Senate and Congress but that was quite some time ago. Those who have had the honor and privilege of working with/for him and the White House remember his many leadership skills and his dedication to this great nation. Best of luck Colonel North and the NRA.

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  • Vic vapor

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    Interesting article.
    Quite the slam to all the president’s between Heston and now, that finally there is excitement.
    I hope the col. gives it a good go.!
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  • Clifffalling

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    LTC North was clearly the guy slated to take the fall for all that business back then. I don’t worry about that. I am concerned about whether he will be taken seriously though. I agree with one of the other commenters in the hope he will bring some sense to things. Toting around guns at protests and looking like false idol worshippers does not help the cause of protecting our rights. To some extent, the NRA needs to get its grassroot supporters organized and under some modicum of control or start disavowing the methed out, tatted up AR toting paintballers that ruin the image of responsible serious 2A supporters. I say good luck to ole Ollie. We’ll see where it goes.

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  • Thom Williamson

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    I just want to welcome Col. North and hope he can communicate to the young left leaning youth in our country!

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  • joefoam

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    I hope that with his notoriety he can get something done. I think it’s time for some fresh blood on the board, Cox & LaPierre need to ride off into the sunset and let someone else give it a go. We have steadily been losing our rights and demonized by the left for too many years.

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  • PETE MESMER

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    WELCOME ABOARD OLLY_____- WE’RE HAPPY TO HAVE YOU WITH US.!!!

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  • Drew

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    The NRA just sold their soul (not that they hadn’t already).

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  • Scott

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    What the NRA needs most right now is a high visibility leader that will stand up to the anti-gun liberals. Col. North has a no nonsense ,get the job done attitude and will call a lie a lie. Short of someone that just passed away – the Gunny, i couldn’t think of a better person.

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  • 70's Ops

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    Honestly, never paid much attention to all the hubbub he was involved in decades ago. I was excited to be out of the service and wanted to distance myself from things associated with it.
    At least he’s a “marquee” name. A veteran of some distinction, and a supporter of 2A. I think he’ll do just fine. Although the media and the liberals will certainly spin his history into SOME KIND of negative story, I’m sure. Perhaps he can mobilize the NRA membership to show a slightly more pronounced, peaceful presence at ALL future political events. I still say a history making rally is on the horizon. I know I will be there. And probably 20 or so brothers from the North Coast Regulars. See y’all there.

    As always
    Carry on

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    • Wayne

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      About sums it up buddy…see you there as well.

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