NRA Wins Case Against New York Attorney General

During her 2018 campaign for NY Attorney General, candidate Letitia James made headlines in anti-Trump publications and on leftist news networks after making a number of statements that showed hostility towards the NRA.

“The NRA holds out as a charitable organization, but in fact, really [is] a terrorist organization,” she told Ebony magazine in October 2018.

James also vowed to “target the NRA” in a July 2018 release by her campaign, promising to “investigate the legitimacy of the NRA as a charitable institution.”

“The NRA is an organ of deadly propaganda masquerading as a charity for public good,” James said in the July release.

Having won her election, hopes on the left were high for the newly elected New York Attorney General Letitia James.

James sued to dissolve the NRA in August 2020, claiming financial misconduct on the part of top officers of the gun-rights organization, including Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. The NRA counter-sued, claiming James was retaliating against the group for its advocacy against gun control.

But on Wednesday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Joel Cohen tossed the claim to dissolve the NRA, finding that there were ways to reform it — such as potentially removing the top executives.

“In short, the complaint does not allege the type of public harm that is the legal linchpin for imposing the ‘corporate death penalty,’” Cohen’s decision reads. “Moreover, dissolving the NRA could impinge, at least indirectly, on the free speech and assembly rights of its millions of members.”

“The NRA is a prominent advocacy organization that represents the interests of millions of members who have stuck with it despite the well-publicized allegations in this and other cases,” Cohen wrote in his ruling. “The State-sponsored dissolution of such an entity is not something to be taken lightly or without a compelling need.”

“In short, the Complaint does not allege the type of public harm that is the legal linchpin for imposing the ‘corporate death penalty,’” Cohen added.

“We applaud the court’s recognition that dissolution is neither appropriate nor justified,” William A. Brewer III, partner at Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, and counsel to the NRA said in a release sent to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“We look forward to continuing the defense of the NRA – and proving that it acts in the best interests of its members and the Second Amendment freedoms in which they believe.”

“This is a resounding win for the NRA, its 5 million members, and all who believe in this organization,” NRA President Charles Cotton said. “The message is loud and clear: the NRA is strong and secure in its mission to protect constitutional freedom.”

In a Wednesday press release, James said she was “disappointed that the judge ruled against the dissolution portion of the case,” and that the attorney general’s office was looking into “legal options with respect to this ruling.”

In response, a respected professor at George Washington University Law School, Jonathan Turley, tweeted about the NY AG’s failed attempt to boot the NRA.

“Today’s developments underscore the simple truth that since taking office in 2019, the Attorney General has pushed a contrived narrative about the NRA in her attempt to support a dissolution claim that is improper,” Brewer said. “This is a victory for not only the NRA but all who believe in the right to free speech and association.”

Eric Thompson, host of the Eric Thompson Show.

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