Misleading reports exist about several legal matters involving the NRA. This website presents key documents and facts — to set the record straight and allow the public to judge for itself.

 Legal Facts

Judge Rules NRA May Replead Selective Enforcement Claim in New York Case

June 1, 2020 — The NRA has received a favorable ruling in connection with its Motion for Leave to file a Second Amended Complaint in its case against New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and former DFS Superintendent Maria T. Vullo (“Vullo”).  

 

In a June 1, 2020, order, U.S. Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel granted the NRA’s request to replead its selective enforcement claim.

 

The ruling is in response to the NRA’s December 20, 2019, filing, in which the NRA claims to have acquired compelling evidence from Lloyd’s America, Inc. (“LAI”) that Vullo and DFS “leveraged DFS’s considerable power… to inflict targeted harm on ‘gun programs’ – irrespective of whether those programs violated the law.”

According to the Second Amended Complaint, intent on inflicting damage on the NRA, “Vullo met with senior executives of Lloyd’s [of London] and LAI, and presented Defendants’ views on gun control and their desire to leverage their powers to combat the availability of firearms, including specifically by weakening the NRA.”

“We are pleased that the court granted the NRA’s motion to replead its selective enforcement claim,” says William A. Brewer III, partner at Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors and counsel to the NRA. “The NRA believes that the evidence will show that it was intentionally treated more harshly than other regulated entities – singled out to weaken gun-rights advocacy in the State of New York.”

 

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NRA Files Lawsuit Against State of New York, Seeks Gun Stores to be Designated “Essential” in Wake of Shutdown

 

April 2, 2020 — The NRA today filed suit against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Department of Economic Development, and New York State Department of Economic Development Acting Commissioner, President, and CEO Eric Gertler in response to the state’s attack on the rights of New York citizens and residents to exercise their Second Amendment freedoms.

The lawsuit focuses on Executive Order 202.8, issued by Gov. Cuomo on March 20, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 health crisis. According to the lawsuit, that order “effectively and indefinitely suspended a key component of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution – shutting down all gun stores in the State of New York, including federally licensed gun stores, by deeming them ‘non-essential’ businesses.” Under the order, “essential” businesses are permitted to remain open. According to the NRA, the order had the intended effect of eliminating the only way of legally purchasing firearms in the state.

“There isn’t a single person who has ever used a gun for self-defense who would consider it nonessential,” said Wayne LaPierre, NRA CEO & Executive Vice President. “This is clearly another assault by Gov. Cuomo on the NRA, on the rights of New Yorkers to defend themselves and their families, and on our Second Amendment freedoms. The NRA will continue to fight all such attacks until Gov. Cuomo recognizes that constitutional rights are for every New Yorker and every American – and not just for politicians and their privileged friends.”

 

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