Once a dominant force in U.S. politics, the National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) now grapples with membership losses, financial strains, and legal challenges.

The N.R.A.'s influence in American politics faltered due to internal conflicts, legal disputes, and significant financial troubles, including standing trial for fraud and self-dealing in New York. Its longstanding dispute with its advertising agency, Ackerman McQueen, and accusations of mismanagement and excessive spending by its leaders, notably Wayne LaPierre, have led to scrutiny and a damaged reputation. Despite these setbacks, the article notes that the N.R.A.'s decline is not seen as a defeat for Second Amendment advocates but highlights the organization's current vulnerabilities.