TheHill reports the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Thursday sued New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) for deeming gun shops nonessential, forcing them to close during the coronavirus outbreak.
Cuomo made the designation on March 20, labeling only grocery stores, liquor stores, pharmacies and restaurants that do takeout as essential, ordering all other businesses to close amid the pandemic.
New York has become the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., with more than 92,000 confirmed cases and more than 2,600 deaths, according to The New York Times.
The complaint calls Cuomo’s decision a “pointless and arbitrary attack on the constitutional rights of New York citizens and residents,” adding that the governor, “indefinitely suspended a key component of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.”
The powerful pro-gun group’s suit follows a similar suit that they filed against California last week after Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issued a similar order.