Manhattan judge shoots down legal bid by two NRA members to intervene in NY AG’s lawsuit
Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, speaks during CPAC at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. - Stephen M. Dowell/TNS

NEW YORK — A Manhattan judge shot down a Thursday bid by two National Rifle Association members to spare the gun rights group from a lawsuit aimed at its eradication. Lawyers for Francis Tate and Mario Aguirre, both card-carrying NRA members, argued the group’s rank-and-file should be permitted to intervene in the case brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James to shutter the New York-chartered non-profit. The pair opposed James’ efforts for dissolution of the NRA, saying they instead hope to reform its leadership. But state Supreme Court Justice Joel Cohen, after a nearly 90-minute he...