The president of the National Rifle Association on Wednesday said his organization would soon file a “notice of claim” against New York state — the first step toward possibly filing a lawsuit against the state’s new gun laws.
In order to sue the state, a “notice of claim” has to be filed within 90 days of the legally questionable event. David Keene, the NRA president, said he wasn’t sure exactly when the lobbying group would file the notice, but signaled it would be coming shortly.
“What’s happened in New York is a good example of why you shouldn’t pass legislation that nobody has had a chance to look at, nobody has had a chance to read or there’s been no hearings,” Keene said on WGDJ-AM in Albany on Wednesday.
Keene said several of the provisions in the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act are unconstitutional, including one of its centerpieces: a bolstered ban on assault weapons.
“Much of what the governor has gotten in New York is liable to fall because of court challenges and the like because much of it is unconstitutional,” Keene said.
He continued: “A so-called assault-weapons ban in today’s world is probably unconstitutional,” citing the “Heller case,” which he said prevents the government from banning “commonly used firearms.”
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