Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York is filing a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit by the National Rifle Association that accuses state regulators of harming its financial stability and violating its First Amendment rights.
The NRA filed the lawsuit in May after the Cuomo administration urged banks and insurance companies to weigh the reputational risk of business ties to the gun rights group.
In an updated lawsuit late last month, the NRA says the Democratic governor’s action is threatening the organization’s ability to pursue its advocacy mission and spread its messages because it can’t get liability insurance coverage.
Cuomo says Friday that the state’s actions are aimed at protecting public safety and don’t violate the NRA’s constitutional rights.