NRA Sues NY Governor Cuomo Over Gun Control Law


The NRA is taking New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to court as Cuomo prepares to run for president in 2016.

The National Rifle Association is supporting a lawsuit filed by its state affiliate, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, whose president, Tom King, serves on the NRA board of directors.

In its complaint filed Mar. 21, the lawsuit challenges two provisions of Cuomo’s new gun-control law: one that bans a made-up type of firearm some politicians call “assault weapons” (there is no such type of firearm–it’s a collection of various types of guns that look scary but function like ordinary guns), and also the provision that bans ammunition magazines that hold more than seven rounds.

That last provision is most vulnerable to a constitutional challenge, as roughly 95% of handguns sold in America hold more than seven rounds, and are now illegal under this far-reaching law. The lawsuit challenges this New York statute for violating the Second and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Both Supreme Court cases upholding gun rights in the past decade were about being able to have a handgun, so a law that makes illegal 95% of handguns should be a bridge too far for the courts.



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