ACLU Working With The NRA Now?

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( – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Saturday stated that they would be representing the National Rifle Association (NRA) in a New York free speech case against the Department of Financial Services.

In the case, it is a statement that the Department of Financial Services had violated the First Amendment rights of the organization and that they had abused their regulatory power in their handling of the organization. As they point out, the government does not have the right to blacklist an advocacy group because of their beliefs and stance.

While the ACLU will be representing the NRA they have noted that they are not supportive of the organization’s mission or their stance regarding gun rights.  They added that they do not agree with the tactics and goals of the organization, but that the government officials cannot punish any organization that has opinions and views they disagree with.

The Supreme Court in November decided to hear the case brought forward by the NRA against a former New York regulator. In that case, they claim that the regulator had infringed on the group’s rights by pushing for insurers and banks not to work with the organization.

The N.Y. State Department of Financial Services’ former superintendent Maria Vullo had told insurers and banks that working with the NRA was a risk to their reputation, following the Parkland school mass shooting in 2018. The NRA proceeded to file a lawsuit against her arguing that this push had led to them dealing with millions of dollars in damages.

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