• ACLU Defends NRA against Andrew Cuomo's Bankruptcy Campaign

    From Gene Poole@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jul 31 09:37:41 2019
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    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) came out in defense of
    the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday, accusing
    Governor Andrew Cuomo of violating the First Amendment by
    targeting the group’s access to basic financial services.

    ACLU legal director David Cole sided firmly with the NRA in its
    ongoing legal battle against the Cuomo administration, which has
    conducted a sustained campaign to deprive the Second Amendment
    advocacy group of access to insurance and banking services.

    “In the ACLU’s view, targeting a nonprofit advocacy group and
    seeking to deny it financial services because it promotes a
    lawful activity (the use of guns) violates the First Amendment,”
    Cole wrote. “Because we believe the governor’s actions, as
    alleged, threaten the First Amendment rights of all advocacy
    organizations, the ACLU on Friday filed a friend-of-the-court
    brief supporting the NRA’s right to have its day in court.”

    The NRA sued the Cuomo administration in May, alleging the state
    financial regulatory agency engaged in a “blacklisting campaign”
    against banks and insurance companies contracted with the NRA,
    infringing upon the group’s constitutional right to “speak
    freely about gun-related issues and defend the Second Amendment.”

    The suit was filed after insurance companies Lockton and Chubb
    were fined $7 million and $1.3 million respectively for insuring
    the NRAÆs Carry Guard program, which reimburses licensed gun
    owners for legal expenses incurred after justifiably firing
    their weapon.

    NRA officials claim that they have been unable to replace the
    sanctioned insurance providers, who revoked their services
    following the fines, due to fear among their competitors that
    they will be similarly targeted by the state’s regulator

    After stipulating that the “ACLU does not oppose reasonable
    restrictions on guns,” Cole argues that the court should allow
    the NRAÆs suit against the Cuomo administration to proceed into
    the discovery phase, despite the state’s motion to dismiss.

    Cuomo, who routinely invokes his administration’s opposition to
    the NRA, celebrated the group’s potential demise in a mailer
    sent to voters this week.

    “If the NRA goes bankrupt, I will remember them in my thoughts
    and prayers,” the mailer read.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/news/aclu-defends-nra-against- andrew-cuomos-attempt-to-bankrupt-them/

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