BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Louisiana has joined a coalition of 16 states that have filed an amicus brief supporting the NRA’s lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, according to Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry.
The suit comes in response to a separate lawsuit by James to dissolve the NRA, according to Landry.
The NRA has claimed that James’ lawsuit violates the First Amendment by seeking to “punish” the NRA for its advocacy of the Second Amendment.
“The amicus brief filed by Landry and his colleagues supports the NRA’s federal-court lawsuit. Landry and the other 15 state attorneys general argue that James sought dissolution because she does not like the NRA’s political advocacy, its members’ political views, and the organization’s defense of a fundamental constitutional right. The brief argues that New York’s lawsuit violates the First Amendment because it was designed to retaliate against the NRA and its members for these constitutionally-protected activities,” an article on Landry’s website reads.
The other states involved with the amicus brief, which does not make the states part of the NRA’s lawsuit itself but shows their support of the NRA, are Arkansas, Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.