ACLU allies with NRA in lawsuit against New York
By Chris Eger
New York Gov.Andrew M.Cuomo speaking at the Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock, Aug 9. (Photo: Mike Groll/Cuomo’s office)
The American Civil Liberties Union is siding with the National Rifle Association in the gun rights group’s fight with Gov. Andrew Cuomo over insurance regulation in the state.
Arguing that an effort to bar any nonprofit advocacy group from the ability to use financial services because it promotes a lawful activity steps on Free Speech, the ACLU filed a 25-page friend-of-the-court brief Friday in support of the NRA’s lawsuit against New York. The Second Amendment group is locked in a legal battle against the Empire State over what the organization characterizes as politically motivated investigations into NRA-branded self-defense insurance.
While admitting the NRA is “no stranger to hardball tactics,” and David Cole, the ACLU’s legal director, says that in the end, the ACLU is still in favor of gun control, he also holds that the Cuomo administration may have passed a line in its handling of the gun group.
“Public officials are, of course, free to criticize groups with which they disagree,” Cole said. “But they cannot use their regulatory authority to penalize advocacy groups by threatening companies that do business with those groups. And here