A National Rifle Association (NRA) lawsuit that accused the financial regulator of New York of selectively enforcing state laws against the NRA suffered a major setback in court recently.
The claim is a result of New York fining the two companies millions of dollars for helping to sell a product that was marketed as “murder insurance.” The NRA believes this was illegal and filed two claims against New York.
The first claim, which has been ongoing since 2017, was officially dismissed by Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas McAvoy in Albany. However, as NRA spokespeople are quick to point out, the ruling was specifically worded in a way that allows the NRA to appeal this decision.
It is worth noting that this decision has no effect on the NRA’s other first amendment claim against New York. That lawsuit is still ongoing.
NRA lawyer William Brewer released a statement saying that “Our client is confident that discovery will confirm that defendants knew exactly what they were doing: ignoring similar or identical conduct across the insurance marketplace, while singling out the NRA for political reasons.”
The decision to dismiss the first claim, even though it could still be appealed, is a major blow against the NRA. An organization that is seriously struggling in New York.
Those who follow this space will remember that the New york attorney general, Letitia James, is separately investigating the NRA’s nonprofit status. A status that saves the organization millions of dollars in taxes every year.
It is not a popular time for the NRA, particularly in New York. While this decision is by no means the end of this story, it is a significant roadblock for the NRA. It’s difficult to predict what will happen next, but it is not unreasonable to expect the NRA to continue its litigious attacks as it continues to suffer public image issues.