Supreme Court weighs NRA First Amendment dispute against New York regulator

The Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments over whether a New York official can be sued for violating the National Rifle Association‘s free speech rights by allegedly urging banks and insurers to avoid doing business with the gun rights group.

Justices heard the NRA’s arguments for its bid to revive a 2018 lawsuit alleging that Maria Vullo, a former superintendent of New York‘s Department of Financial Services, illegally retaliated against the pro-Second Amendment group after the Parkland, Florida, high school mass shooting that left 17 people dead.

Assault weapons and handguns are shown on display. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

At issue is whether Vullo used her regulatory power to force state financial institutions to cut off ties with the NRA in violation of constitutional First Amendment protections. A majority of the court seemed
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