NRA Sues New York Over Unconstitutional Gun Store Closures

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Among the many things the coronavirus pandemic is exposing in our country, one of the worst is the eagerness with which some local and state officials have used the crisis as an excuse to curb our constitutional liberties. You’d almost think that some of these governors have been waiting for years for an opportunity like this to arrive, when they could exercise their authority and turn their states into miniature fiefdoms over which they could rule like demi-kings.

While the vast majority of state leaders have exercised caution, striking a delicate balance between liberty and safety, others have jumped at the chance to shut down “non-essential businesses” that are anything but.

Such is the case in New York (of course), where Gov. Andrew Cuomo couldn’t wait to shut down gun stores. When Cuomo instructed all “non-essential” businesses to put an end to “in-office personnel functions” on March 22, he essentially made it impossible for gun dealers to stay open. Since every licensed gun transaction requires an in-person background check, gun stores had no choice but to shutter under the statewide mandate.

Now the National Rifle Association is filing suit.

“There isn’t a single person who has ever used a gun for self-defense who would consider it nonessential,” said NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre. “This is clearly another assault by Gov. Cuomo on the NRA, on the rights of New Yorkers to defend themselves and their families, and on our Second Amendment freedoms. The NRA will continue to fight all such attacks until Gov. Cuomo recognizes that constitutional rights are for every New Yorker and every American—and not just for politicians and their privileged friends.”

No one can possibly be surprised that Cuomo is using this as an opportunity to further his personal war on guns. New York – both city and state – has been unfriendly ground for the Second Amendment for many years, so it was only natural that state Democrats would use this crisis as a chance to take another stab at curbing their citizens’ rights. It’s amazing, really: Cuomo is front and center when it comes to protecting the fake constitutional right to abortion, but he’s nowhere to be found when it comes to the actual constitutional right to bear arms.

“The right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in the Constitution, in part, to give Americans the ability to defend themselves and their families,” said NRA counsel William Brewer in a statement. “The current public health emergency does not justify the complete elimination of this right, especially during a time when many New Yorkers have valid concerns about their physical safety and welfare. Our client believes that Gov. Cuomo is again weaponizing the power of his office—to prevent gun owners from exercising the rights to which they are entitled.”

If Cuomo and Bill de Blasio would have spent half as much time preparing for this pandemic as they have in making sure their constituents remain disarmed, the area might not be in the shape it’s in right now.