The New York Attorney General has weaponized her office to go after conservative figures, including President Donald J. Trump and his charitable Trump Foundation. The Empire State’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, first told Republicans to get out of New York in 2014, saying, “Who are they? Right to life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay — if that’s who they are, they have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.” And now, Attorney General Letitia James is targeting the National Rifle Association in a concerted effort to expunge the Empire State of conservative groups.
Over the weekend, New York Attorney General James – who promotes Black Lives Matter, wants to defund the police, supports a full ban on lawful gun ownership, and supports draconian restrictions upon worship during the current health crisis – reiterated her commitment to seeing the National Rifle Association “dismantled” and “dissolved.”
James, who believes the Second Amendment doesn’t guarantee the right to own a firearm to anyone but the United States Military, says her crusade against the NRA isn’t political. But the NRA filed a countersuit against James on Friday, claiming that her investigations are purely political. James alleges that the NRA handed out no-bid contracts to friends and family of NRA leadership, making the organization sound like it definitely belonged in New York State, whose history of nepotism in awarding state contracts is long and torrid. Years ago, James had accused the NRA – which has millions of law-abiding Americans as members – of being a “terrorist organization.”
Greg Gianforte, the only gun-friendly candidate running in the race for governor in Montana, went on the record late last week to encourage the NRA to move their offices to the Big Sky State.
Gianforte told the NRA in an open letter, “As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), I was frustrated to see far-left activists and elected officials in New York, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., attack the NRA and law-abiding gun owners across America who value our Second Amendment rights. While these progressive politicians seek to trample on our constitutional rights and posture to shut down our nation’s largest, longest-standing defender of our Second Amendment rights, I invite the NRA to relocate to Montana.”
Gianforte’s opponent in the race, Mike Cooney, scores a zero percent from the NRA on gun rights by contrast.