Will New York Ban the NRA?

Sixteen Republican state attorneys general are showing their support for the National Rifle Association (NRA) in its legal battle against New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is trying to dissolve the gun rights group.

The GOP attorney general, led by Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, filed an amicus brief with U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. The brief backs an NRA lawsuit against James alleging that the New York AG is violating the group’s First Amendment rights.

“New York’s lawsuit is a political stunt by a liberal attorney general who promised in her campaign to go after the NRA. It is designed to undermine our Second Amendment right,” Rutledge said in a statement. “Even if it makes me unpopular in places like New York, I stand committed to protecting the Constitution — particularly Arkansans’ right to bear arms. That is why I oppose the New York Attorney General’s political stunt and am proud to lead these 16 States in supporting the NRA’s lawsuit against New York. I repeat my invitation to the NRA: The Natural State would happily welcome an organization that fights for the Second Amendment rights of Arkansans and all Americans.”

The attorneys general of Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia joined Rutledge against James’ “politically-motivated” suit against the NRA, according to the statement.

In response to the brief, James said, “The NRA has been a breeding ground of fraud, abuse, and brazen illegality. Simply put, the rot runs deep, which is why our lawsuit to dissolve the organization will continue undeterred.”

“We are seeking to dissolve the NRA for years of self-dealing and illegal conduct that violate New York’s charities laws and undermine its own mission. The NRA diverted millions of dollars away from its charitable mission for personal use by senior leadership,” she said. “Our lawsuit charges the NRA as a whole and four senior leaders, including Wayne LaPierre, with failing to manage the NRA’s funds and failing to follow numerous state and federal laws. These actions contributed to the loss of more than $64 million in just three years for the NRA.”

The NRA filed a countersuit days later, accusing James of attempting to violate their right to free speech for political gain.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. There is introduction in our educational levels ,called radicalism,that deviates from the very foundation of Judeo Christan teachings, values, the nuclear family, or the importance of family life in a complex changing globe, and US,free market economics vs socialism,the understanding of race, anti semitism ,the teachings of compassion, understanding the role of sectarian violence, and our US cinstitution covers these areas.To introduce the radical is the demise of our freedoms. and liberties that many generatiions have worked and strived for future generations, there is a call to the future.

  2. If NY bans the NRA then NY will be taken to the Supreme Court and NY will lose for an abuse of the rights of our Constitution and NY will end up paying billions of dollars as retribution.

  3. Those of you in government might as well just deal with more important issues. Stop trampling on Americans Rights. We will always defend the 2nd Amendment. You are not getting our guns. We have the right to have guns. We do it legally. Not like the thugs on the street, We are responsible gun owners and you are trying so bad to do away with the Constitution. It is you communist, liberal Democrats. We will not give in to you. We will stand and fight for our rights!!!

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