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Richard Childress resigns from National Rifle Association’s Board of Directors

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On Monday, Richard Childress submitted his resignation letter as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Rifle Association and a handful of the organization’s committees, NBC Sports has confirmed.

The resignation came two days after the owner of Richard Childress Racing helped give the command to start engines  for the Cup Series night race at Bristol Motor Speedway, which was co-sponsored by Bass Pro Shops and the NRA.

“At this time, it is necessary for me to fully focus on my businesses,” Childress said in his letter. “I owe that to my employees, our partners, my family, and myself. Since proudly agreeing to serve on the NRA Board, I have supported the organization and its important mission to preserve and protect our Constitutional rights. But when, as now, I am no longer able to be fully engaged in any commitment I have made, it becomes time for me to step down. I have reached that point in my ability to continue to serve the NRA. As such, I must resign.”

According to the Washington Post, Childress is the sixth member of the Board of Directors to resign since May. The Board of Directors totals more than 70 members.

Childress was elected as the NRA’s second vice president in 2015 and had also served as the first vice president until he stepped down in April of this year.

Childress will retain his NRA membership moving forward.

Richard Childress elected second vice president of National Rifle Association

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Car owner Richard Childress was elected second vice president of the National Rifle Association during its annual meeting last weekend in Nashville, Tenn. The term is for two years.

Childress spent two terms on the NRA’s Board of Directors. Since 2010, he’s served as Chairman of the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Committee.

“I am both honored and humbled by my election to the second vice president position by my fellow NRA Board Members,” Childress said in a statement. “We have more than five million members of the NRA, and I am going to give it my all to serve them well.

“Protecting the Second Amendment for the right to keep and bear arms is one of the most important ones in our Constitution. I am very proud as an American and member of the NRA to take on this key leadership position.’’