(Reuters) – The National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit against New York prosecutor Letitia James, saying she lacks the power to invoke state laws governing nonprofits in their zeal to destroy gun rights groups.
In a Tuesday night court filing, the NRA, which filed for bankruptcy last month, accused Attorney General James of "arming" its powers to conduct an "obvious and harmful retaliation campaign" against it because it disapproves of what it stands for.
Attorney General James' Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
Attorney General had sued NRA and CEO Wayne LaPierre in August last year, saying the nonprofit raised millions of dollars to fund luxury travel for civil servants, non-employment contracts, and other dubious expenses.
"James initiated his investigations and this action against the NRA with the sole purpose of trying to dissolve a political enemy," the N RA said.
The NRA said that the Democrat's "selective enforcement" of state non-profit laws violates its constitutional right to freedom of expression and equal protection, which justifies the dismissal of the trial.
It also denied many of Justice James' accusations, such as Mr LaPierre, in the court application on Tuesday.
The trial deepens the gap between the NRA and Attorney General James, who is also seeking to dismiss the group's bankruptcy.
Noting that the NRA claims to be solvent, Attorney General James has called his bankruptcy and plans to re-incorporate in Texas after 1
She has also proposed that a court-appointed trustee take over the NRA's affairs if the bankruptcy continues. A hearing on her requests is scheduled for March 29 in the Dallas Bankruptcy Court.
Bankruptcy applications normally stop existing disputes, but Attorney General James has said she deserves an exemption to enforce her "police and regulatory powers."
The case is New York v National Rifle Association et al New York State Supreme Court, New York County. Catalog