Cuomo Urges Other States To Hit NRA Finances As Group Claims Losses

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing governors to target the National Rifle Association, again… READ THE FULL STORY

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SOURCE: Politico
By Jimmy Vielkind

The National Rifle Association sued Cuomo and his financial services superintendent in May, saying fines by the state Department of Financial Services were exacting a “political vendetta” by the Democratic governor that was having a chilling effect on its advocacy.

Early last week, Cuomo urged leaders in other states to take similar actions against the NRA’s Carry Guard insurance program, which covers legal costs stemming from self-defense shootings, something New York argues is unlawful. The NY Department of Financial Services has also pushed firms not to do business with the NRA, the NRA contends, under threat the firms could lose their license to operate in New York.

The effect of these moves and Cuomo’s public statements has been to “coerce insurance agencies, insurers and banks into terminating business relationships with the NRA that were necessary to the survival of the NRA as a charitable organization,” the NRA said in an amended complaint filed July 20.

Cuomo: “If I could have put the NRA out of business, I would have done it 20 years ago,” the governor said late Friday after Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed a motion to dismiss the NRA’s suit. He added on Saturday: “I’m tired of hearing the politicians say, we’ll remember them in our thoughts and prayers. If the NRA goes away, I’ll remember the NRA in my thoughts and prayers.”

Cuomo wrote to other governors last Monday, urging them to “examine your laws and determine whether or not this product is being illegally sold in your state, and I encourage you to follow New York’s lead and block the sale of these NRA products if they are illegal, or to outlaw these products if they are not already prohibited.”

He took his message to national media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” on Sunday. Cuomo, who is seeking a third term in November and faces a Democratic primary challenge from Cynthia Nixon, also released a campaign advertisement.

Gun control is popular in New York, especially among Democrats, polls show. In 2013, about a month after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Cuomo pushed through a multi-pronged gun-control bill called the SAFE Act, NY S2230 (13R).

Cuomo, who is positioning himself for a possible 2020 presidential run, has seized on the issue in the wake of subsequent shootings, including at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. A July analysis by Quorum found that Cuomo made more public statements about guns than any other governor in 2018.

The NRA deferred comment to William Brewer, its lawyer in the suit against Cuomo. Brewer said the NRA stands by its Carry Guard program.

Brewer: “It appears the Governor has launched yet another crusade against the NRA to fuel his political ambitions,” Brewer said in a statement. “The governor’s current campaign against the NRA extends far beyond Carry Guard. His scorched earth tactics are designed to prohibit the NRA from having access to insurance and banking services — simply because he disagrees with the political viewpoint of this law-abiding organization. Suffice it to say, the NRA will continue to vigorously defend itself, advocate for the Second Amendment, and fight to protect the Constitutional freedoms of all Americans.”

It’s unclear how much Carry Guard, which was launched in April 2017, contributes. According to the NRA’s most recently available tax returns, it took in $366.9 million and spent $412.7 million in 2016.

So far, no other states have heeded Cuomo’s call, a spokesperson said.

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15 thoughts on “Cuomo Urges Other States To Hit NRA Finances As Group Claims Losses”

  1. Gun control is not about safety, it is about control over the civilian population. Yet the anti gun lobby offers no alternatives to safety, just meaningless draconian measures that do not target criminals, black market or illegal weapons, just regular citizens.

  2. The People of New York need to vote Coumo out of office and let Coumo walks the streets without his armed security beside. This country was founded by patriotic people all states need to remember all gave some, and some gave all to protect your freedoms . As the constitution was written, all politicians and people that don’t support this constitution need to find another country to live !

  3. cuomo
    wants to hit the nra as a groop ok fine how about the ny hunters and gun owners hit him as a group just dont pay our taxes for a year with the technology we have today just tell him to quite your bs or we are not going to pay our 2020 taxes what are they going to do with several million people that says no more bs

  4. Why is it that when a criminal is arrested for committing a crime while armed, the first thing they do is plea bargain away the firearm charges? I’ll tell you why. Most states have mandatory prison sentences, however that would require going to court and the prosecution actually doing their job. They accept plea bargains to get a quick guilty plea. Prosecute all violent crimes committed while armed, without the possibility of dropping the firearm charges, and make the penalties ineligible for reduced time in prison. Stop letting the criminals win. Police body cameras should not only be used for citizens/officer safety, but to aid in the evidence collection against the guilty.

  5. It is obvious that Governor Cuomo has it out for the NRA. There are other organizations the sell self-protection insurance products to shield individuals from criminal and civil are after a justified defensive shooting. It seems to me that term limits would be an appropriate response.

  6. Boycott anything made in NY when ever possible. Do not vacation in NY, don’t even drive in the state of New York. Hit them where it hurts! Maybe “EL DUCHE” CUOMO will get the message!

  7. Both sides have to at least make an attempt to understand each other. It’s always the same. Alfonso writes, “Gun control is not about safety, it is about control over the civilian population.” That is sometimes true but often it is not (with all due respect sir). Many people in cities and who have not been raised with firearms are afraid. They see the gun as the culprit. With all the shootings and the media coverage that’s easy to understand. Most of these, typically liberal or Democrat, voters don’t want to control you. They are just scared. They look at Australia and want to apply that solution. Australia didn’t reduce violent crime, but they did reduce violent crime with guns. Makes sense, right?

    However, we have the Second Amendment and many of us look at authoritarian regimes throughout history who have the common theme of disarming citizens to maintain power. And most of us feel we have a right to self defense which includes the use of firearms. DC v. Heller was clear and unambiguous in supporting this right.

    How do we reconcile our viewpoints and come together? First, we have to make an effort to understand each other and stop vilifying each other. 99% of Democrats who want more gun control do NOT want to control you in some Dragonian fashion. And 99% of gun owners just want to defend themselves or use their guns for recreational and hunting purposes. We need to all make an effort to understand all sides of these contentious issues or our nation, our noble experiment, will eventually fail.

  8. What is unfortunate about New York state , as is the same with Illinois, California and some other states , it is run by a very high population progressive socialist democratic city while the rest of the state is majority conservative. This is THE reason the progressive socialist democrats want the presidential vote to be a popular vote instead of our constitutional electoral college.

  9. The NRA have rein their reputation except the Russian Lovers and sympathizers. The have been laundry money sent to them by the Russians to filter to Trump. Now you know why they are losing Money, some people hate the Russians more than others. Find the truth about why their money is low, a lot of people dropped their membership. Trump has shown to be a Russian stooge. I took an oath to defend the Constitution from Domestic and foreign terrorist. The NRA is a Domestic Terrorist, they may eventually go out of business if the real Americans stick together, but i think the Russians will keep sending them money to laundry for Trump. This country have been divided by Trump and the NRA. I never knew so many Russians was in America

    1. Amen my Brother..It has always been between GOOD and EVIL..Cain and Able , Axis and Allies, Democrats (KKK) and Republicans (Lincoln)..It is written in The Book..Once we understand this simple truth, it becomes very clear the motives of these Control Freaks..

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