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State leaders and local gun owners react to Gov. Cuomo's lawsuit with the NRA

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(WBNG) -- The battle between the NRA and Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to heat up following a federal lawsuit over gun insurance policies.

The National Rifle Association of America accusing Governor Cuomo's office for taking action against the "Carry Guard" program that provides liability insurance for policyholders involved in shooting incidents.

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The NRA released this statement to 12 News:

“As public filings indicate, the NRA is a vibrant, growing organization that is in good financial standing. However, the conduct of defendants, from the home state of the NRA, now threaten the financial growth and overall trajectory of the organization,” says William A. Brewer III, partner at Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors and lead counsel for the NRA. “If left unchecked, the actions of Gov. Cuomo and DFS will frustrate the NRA’s ability to access certain financial services – hurting its financial position and impacting its ability to advocate for those it serves.” 

Governor Cuomo said in an interview with CNN that he believes the NRA represents an extremist group. In a press release, the two term governor stated, "If I could have put the NRA out of business, I would have done it 20 years ago."

Democratic Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo was unavailable for a statement; however, Republican State Senator Fred Akshar weighed in on the matter.

"I think the NRA is doing what they are in existence to do, right?" said Akshar. "You can still do that, yet be reasonable and responsible in conversations about gun control. The governor is not having those reasonable and responsible conversations."

President of the Binghamton Rifle Club, John Hussar, said this issue hits hard on the local level as well.

"We obtain grants here locally that help our junior program," said Hussar. "It continues into the adults who are using hunter safety classes and those could be in jeopardy if the NRA funding dries up."

Governor Cuomo said New York is filing a motion to dismiss the federal lawsuit.

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