The National Rifle Association’s longtime executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, could face charges of corruption and fraud in a New York corruption trial. LaPierre, an NRA board member since 1991, is alleged to have defrauded the organization of tens of millions of dollars over a period of years. Recent developments in the case suggest that LaPierre may face state charges. In a court filing last month, the Brooklyn district attorney requested to amend the charges against LaPierre, indicating that there could be evidence of corruption and fraud. The motion alleges that LaPierre “willfully and intentionally misled the NRA, its leadership, and the public by implementing a fraudulent scheme that cost the organization tens of millions in gross loses.” LaPierre was accused of using his position within the NRA to funnel money to himself and his associates by hiding the nature of his financial activities. The NRA reportedly paid over $50 million in legal fees for his personal legal team despite LaPierre facing no criminal charges. This type of activity is against the non-profit organization’s own regulations. The FBI is also investigating LaPierre and the NRA. The federal government has accused the NRA of violating the law by using the organization’s funds to support the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election. The investigation is looking into the group’s accounting practices, and a number of its sponsors have suspended their funding. This isn’t the first time LaPierre has faced legal trouble. He was accused of financial malfeasance in a 2017 separation agreement with then-NRA president Oliver North, which allegedly included financial payouts to LaPierre and his associates. Wayne LaPierre’s upcoming New York corruption trial has the potential to become one of the most high-profile cases in recent memory. A guilty verdict would have far-reaching implications on the NRA, the gun-rights movement, and the already-divided politics of the United States. It would also likely be the end of LaPierre’s long tenure as the NRA’s leader.