They say that politics makes strange bedfellows. Well, so does a fifth of scotch – but the bedfellows who will be duking it out against New York State Gov Andrew Cuomo could be worse than anything I ever woke up to! Of course one of those bedfellows is the NRA, and the second one is the ACLU. I guess even a blind hog finds an acorn every now and then. But the ACLU says that Cuomo in trying to put the NRA out of business is violating their First Amendment rights. Impeach Cuomo.
The American Civil Liberties Union is defending the National Rifle Association against attempts by New York state leaders to put it out of business, Reason.com reported.
New York’s attempts to compel banks and insurance companies to remove the NRA as a customer is a violation of the First Amendment, the ACLU argued in brief filed in federal court on Friday. The brief supports a lawsuit previously filed by the NRA.
“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 their regulatory authority to retaliate against disfavored advocacy organizations and to impose burdens on those organizations’ ability to conduct lawful business,” according to the ACLU.
The ACLU brief does not defend the NRA’s stance on firearms but instead uses a long list of First Amendment cases to argue that regulators should not use their positions to “punish political enemies,” according to the report.
In a prepared timeline, it appears it all started when former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety met with NY leaders in September of 2017. Soon thereafter, Lockton quit doing business with the NRA, followed closely by Lloyd’s and Chubb.
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