The National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state’s financial regulatory agency for what it says is a blacklisting campaign to prevent firms from doing business with the gun owners’ group.
The lawsuit filed Friday in federal court for the northern district of New York names the Democratic governor as a defendant along with the state Department of Financial Services and its superintendent, Maria Vullo.
It accuses Cuomo of depriving the NRA of its First Amendment rights through selective prosecution and threats.
Governor Cuomo released this statement Friday:
“The NRA’s lawsuit is a futile and desperate attempt to advance its dangerous agenda to sell more guns.
“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. We have an obligation to protect New Yorkers, and this sham suit will do nothing to stop that.
“While the NRA ignores students across the nation who are saying enough is enough, New York is leading the way with the toughest and smartest gun safety laws in the country. I am proud of my ‘F’ rating from the NRA, and I will continue to do everything I can to keep New Yorkers safe.”