(Reuters) – A federal appeals court panel on Wednesday questioned an attempt by the National Rifle Association to revive its lawsuit challenging New York State's closure of gun shops early in the covid-19 pandemic because they were "non-essential" companies.  The NRA, which also defends a lawsuit filed by the New York Attorney General seeking its dissolution, had sued an executive order from March 2020 by then-Governor Andrew Cuomo, saying the closures violated the Second Amendment and other provisions of the U.S. Constitution.
A federal judge rejected the NRA's lawsuit in August 2020, but Cuomo's order was later overturned and another legal complaint against the order was declared invalid. in Manhattan that the gun group still had "viable claims" but drew skepticism when they claimed it would be allowed to repeat his case and claim compensatory damages.
"I'm not sure what you want," said District Judge Michael Park. "I'm not sure what this lawsuit is about anymore."
Brian Ginsberg, a state attorney, said there were constitutional issues with a reply, and the NRA already had three chances to claim compensatory damages.
"This would be the fourth bite of the apple, and I think it's at least two bites too many," he said.
The contract court did not say when it will rule.
In her quest for the NRA's dissolution, State Attorney Letitia James has said that the group, a non-profit organization in New York, is plagued by corruption, including by diverting millions of dollars to insiders, including longtime CEO Wayne LaPierre. [1
Ms. . James is also looking for Mr. LaPierre's shutdown.