National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre’s and his family sought safety on his friend’s yacht after he received threats in the wake of mass shootings, it was revealed Monday.
LaPierre disclosed his use of the ship, called the Illusions, for weeks at a time after the Sandy Hook and Parkland massacres in a deposition that was unsealed as part of the NRA’s Texas bankruptcy trial.
“This was offered as a security retreat where we could be safe and feel safe … I used it as a security retreat,” LaPierre said.
“This was the one — one place that I hope could feel safe. Where I remember getting there going, ‘thank God I’m safe, nobody can get me here. And that’s how it happened. That’s why I used it.’ ”
The yacht, owned by Stanton Mckenzies, was based out of the Bahamas and featured a cook, several staterooms, a jet boat and waverunners.
“I probably went once — one time a year where we could and be safe — from the Sandy Hook shooting up until 2019. And I did not do it in 2019,” LaPierre said.
The gun-rights group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January as it was waging a bitter legal battle with New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office — which sued to break up the NRA over claims that top execs were misusing funds to fund live lavish lifestyles replete with exotic trips, private jet flights and expensive meals.
Additional reporting by Kenneth Garger