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STANDING GUARD

Never Surrender One Inch Of Our
Second Amendment Freedom

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By Wayne LaPierre

Executive Vice President

OUR OPPONENTS
SEEK NOT ONLY
TO CHALLENGE
OUR OPINIONS,
BUT ALSO TO
INHIBIT OUR
VERY RIGHT TO
EXPRESS THEM.

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e have the honor of being part
of one of the world's oldest and
most successful civil rights organizations-the National Rifle Association of
America.
I know you're proud of that. I also know
you're proud to carry the NRA torch for
freedom every single day, and I know you
never back down from the fight to protect
our constitutional liberty.
Together, we represent 100 million lawabiding gun owners from every walk of life.
We come from every race, gender, profession
and political persuasion ... all united in the
vision of our Founding Fathers who sacrificed
so much to gain our American freedoms.
Today, the environment has become more
hostile than ever, as opponents launch rogue
strategies, engage in unlawful behavior, and
spew vile rhetoric to attack the very freedoms that define America's greatness.
Now, as I reported earlier this year, our
opponents seek not only to challenge our
opinions, but also to inhibit our very right to
express them. They have taken extreme measures to interfere with our ability to engage
in free speech, to peacefully assemble, and
to speak out for the positions we hold dear.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo hates
the NRA and hates our Second Amendment
freedom. And he isn't shy about it.
He weaponized the New York State banking regulator -the most powerful agency of
its kind in the country-to punish and silence
your NRA. The governor directed regulators to send letters to all CEOs of banks and
insurance companies in the state, to pressure
them to cease doing business with the NRA.
Think about that. Gov. Cuomo singled out
a category of people who should not receive
financial services-even checking accounts-
simply because he disagrees with our opinion.
He doesn't like your political viewpoint and
wants you denied financial services.
He wants the NRA blacklisted! If
Gov. Cuomo got his way pornographers,
marijuana dealers, and radical "charities"
would be allowed to have bank accounts, collect donations, and obtain insurance in New
York-but not the NRA. But you and I know
that restricting free speech is not what we do
in this country, so your NRA is fighting back.
It is a fight, literally, for our political life.
America must never become a world in
which citizens are vilified and punished simply
for expressing our beliefs. Never!
So we took the governor to federal court
under the First Amendment of the U.S.
JULY 2019

Constitution. We told him that his actions
reflect pure viewpoint-based discrimination,
and he is violating our constitutional rights.
I am pleased to report we are prevailing
in this critically important case. Governor
Cuomo tried to have our lawsuit dismissed.
He lost. The court held the NRA deserves
its day in court. Then, the governor tried to
prevent the NRA from deposing former chief
banking regulator Maria Vullo, a focal point
of the governor's effort. He lost again.
Many opinion leaders, legal scholars, and
community stakeholders agree with the NRA.
It is clear that Gov. Cuomo went too far in
his crusade against the NRA and its members. Even the American Civil Liberties Union
agrees and has joined the NRA in this fight.
However, that doesn't matter to Gov.
Cuomo. He and his supporters will stop
at nothing to advance a personal political
agenda, even if it is contrary to the most
fundamental principles of our country.
In fact, the governor's chosen candidate
for Attorney General vowed to attack the
NRA-as a pillar of her campaign platform-
before being elected into office.
Did you get that?
Before spending even one day in office,
she declared that we-you and me-and
all the law-abiding men and women of the
NRA-are a "terrorist organization." She
vowed to conduct a taxpayer-funded fishing
expedition to investigate us in the state
where the NRA was founded 148 years ago.
A contrived political investigation is not
the action of a public servant. This is a rank
political vendetta.
That is why we must keep fighting to
defend our constitutional rights in what
is, perhaps, the most important First
Amendment case in U.S. history.
And that is why we must ... and we will
... continue to speak out and defend the
freedoms for which the NRA stands.
My four decades of helping lead our fight
for freedom has taught me one thing above
all else-with your support and help I know
that, together, we can and will win this critical
fight to save our NRA. We will speak out and
loudly and boldly as ever. We will stand as
united and strongly as ever, and we will fight
as hard and unflinchingly as ever.
We will never give up and never surrender
one single inch of our Second Amendment
freedom!

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