New York seeks to dismiss NRA lawsuit over insurance
By Daniel Terrill
The NRA draped a sign over the side of the Georgia World Congress Center to promote the new self-defense insurance during the NRA annual conference April 27-30, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Terrill/Guns.com)
New York officials called the National Rifle Association’s lawsuit against the state government an effort to “distract” from the gun lobby’s “various violations of the law” in a motion to dismiss the case.
The motion, filed this month, describes the lawsuit as retaliation for enforcing New York insurance laws that have undercut the gun lobby from selling self-defense policies to state residents.
“[T]he NRA brings this action attempting to characterize the lawful acts of (the state)—including providing guidance to insurers and financial institutions to evaluate and manage risks that might arise from their dealings with gun promotion organizations—as unconstitutional simply because they indirectly affect the NRA,” the motion says.
The motion asks the court to dismiss allegations that such enforcement violates the NRA’s right to free speech. State regulators faulted policy underwriters rather than the NRA directly, but the action prohibited the NRA from operating the business endeavor in the state, the motion says.
The NRA has long opposed New York gun control laws and the politicians who support them, the motion says. But,