The National Rifle Association announced May 11 that it has filed suit against the New York State Department of Financial Services; its superintendent, Maria T. Vullo; and the state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, alleging the state and its agents violated the NRA’s First Amendment rights in a recent regulatory ruling.
The lawsuit stems from settlements the DFS reached earlier this month with Kansas City–based insurance broker Lockton Cos. and underwriter Chubb Ltd. The companies were fined $7 million and $1.3 million, respectively, in connection with alleged violations of New York insurance law. The purported wrongdoing stemmed from Lockton’s work as broker for the NRA’s “Carry Guard” insurance program, which provides liability insurance to NRA members for firearm-related accidents and for legal costs in self-defense cases.
The charges against Lockton varied from the technical to the flimsy to the picayune, but they all give the appearance of pretext for what the department was actually seeking, and got: a consent decree in which the broker agrees “not to participate in the Carry Guard Program, any similar programs, or any other NRA-endorsed programs with regard to New York State.”
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kroneborge 2 days ago
The plan is clear. Require all gun owners to get insurance, but then make it impossible to get that insurance. Thus turning more responsible gun owners into criminals.