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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has taken a stand supporting the National Rifle Association (NRA) in a significant First Amendment case against New York’s Department of Financial Services.

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On the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, the ACLU stated, “We’re representing the NRA at the Supreme Court in their case against New York’s Department of Financial Services for abusing its regulatory power to violate the NRA’s First Amendment rights.” They emphasized, “The government can’t blacklist an advocacy group because of its viewpoint.”

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In a statement, the ACLU said, “We do not support the NRA’s mission or its viewpoints on gun rights, and we don’t agree with their goals, strategies, or tactics, But we both know that government officials can’t punish organizations because they disapprove of their views.”

The case, which the Supreme Court agreed to hear, revolves around allegations by the NRA that Maria Vullo, the former superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, infringed upon their speech rights by discouraging financial associations with the NRA.


The NRA claims, “We have suffered tens of millions of dollars in damages” due to the alleged “blacklisting,” a violation they believe infringes on their First Amendment rights.


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