NRA picks Iran-Contra figure Oliver North as its president

The National Rifle Association’s board of directors on Monday named retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, a central figure in the Iran-Contra affair in the 1980s, as the group’s new president. The move came after NRA President Pete Brownell decided against seeking a second term. “This is the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became president of our association,” NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre said. “Oliver North is a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator, and skilled leader.” North was convicted in 1989 for obstructing justice, mutilating government documents, and taking an illegal gratuity. He said he was “eager to hit the ground running as the new NRA president.”

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