The NRA filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Cuomo and the state on Friday, claiming they’re on an unfair blacklisting campaign against the gun-lobby group.
The Oliver North-led gun group is targeting New York in the wake of the state’s $7 million fine against NRA insurance broker Lockton Cos.
The insurance company helped the NRA market its “Carry Guard” program to offer insurance to gun owners, covering them for costs of a criminal defense.
The state claimed the NRA, through Lockton, doesn’t have a license to conduct insurance business in New York.
The state is enforcing “selective prosecution, backroom exhortations, and public threats” aimed at preventing NRA members from exercising their First Amendment rights, the lawsuit said.
Cuomo mocked the civil complaint.
“The NRA’s lawsuit is a futile and desperate attempt to advance its dangerous agenda to sell more guns,” Cuomo said.
“In New York, we won’t be intimidated by frivolous court actions from a group of lobbyists bent on chipping away at common sense gun-safety laws that many responsible gun owners actually support.”
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