New NRA president was an illegal arms trafficker once convicted of felonies

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Gun control advocacy groups were shocked on Monday to discover that a convicted felon (now vacated), dealer of illegal weapons sales, would be now leading the NRA. That man is Oliver North.

In 1987, North admitted to Congress that he had lied about being involved in an illegal arms deal involving Iran. He went on to admit that he destroyed evidence in the scheme. Shortly after, North was convicted of multiple felonies.

A few years later, a federal judge vacated the charges against North. The excuse was that a witness against North was supposedly influenced by his congressional testimony.

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Recently, North has been working as a Fox News commentator.

Now, in the next few weeks, North will take over as president of the NRA.

Dana Loesch, the spokeswoman for the NRA, stated, “thrilled about the Oliver North news. A total warrior for freedom, this is the last person that anti-gun advocates would want as the new President of the NRA board.”

Here are some of the reactions:



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