The Blacklisting Campaign against the National Rifle Association by New York Governor Cuomo has resulted in a lawsuit by the NRA against the Governor. The American Civil Liberties Union has surprisingly weighed in on the side of the NRA. They have filed a Friend of the Court brief with the court defending the NFA’s First Amendment rights. Cuomo has been threatening insurers and financial institutions that associate with the organization.
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‘A blatant violation of the First Amendment’
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) defended the National Rifle Association (NRA) by opposing the New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s attempts to put the gun advocacy group out of business.
The ACLU submitted an amicus brief in federal court on Saturday, weighing in on the on-going battle between the Democrat and the NRA.
The NRA filed a lawsuit against Cuomo and the state’s financial regulatory bureau in July, contending that the agency instituted a “blacklisting campaign” by threatening insurers and financial institutions that associate with the organization. The bureau warned that by counting to work with the NRA, banks and insurance companies could face regulatory action.
The NRA has subsequently been deprived of basic insurance and may be “unable to exist as a not-for-profit or pursue its advocacy mission.”
While the ACLU has disagreed with the NRA on the meaning of the Second Amendment, the friend-of-the-court brief supported the NRA on behalf of the First.
“Those allegations [made by the NRA] represent a blatant violation of the First Amendment,” the ACLU states. “Although public officials are free to express their opinions and may condemn viewpoints or groups they view as inimical to public welfare, they cannot abuse ….
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