Supreme Court sides with NRA in defending First Amendment rights

by ian

The Supreme Court unanimously sided with the National Rifle Association in a First Amendment dispute.

Back in 2018, the NRA filed a lawsuit against Mario Vullo, the head of New York’s Department of Financial Services, for forcing companies not to do business with the gun advocate group.

Even liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor ruled in favor of the NRA’s complaint. She cited a 1963 Supreme Court case to say that the government could not “unconstitutionally coerce someone to violate their First Amendment rights.” Meaning, in this case, that the New York financial group cannot threaten NRA partners for continuing their partnership with the gun rights group.

Alex Abdo, First Amendment litigation director at Columbia University, celebrated the verdict. He said the Supreme Court’s decision was “important” because it affirmed that the “government may not coerce others to suppress constitutionally protected speech.”