Cuomo offers 'thoughts and prayers' as state squeezes NRA finances

Gov. Cuomo says he’s fine with New York financial regulators putting the squeeze on the National Rifle Association.

“If the NRA goes bankrupt because of the state of New York, they'll be in my thoughts and prayers," Cuomo said in a statement Saturday

The gun-rights group gripes in Albany federal court that New York’s Department of Financial Services is pushing too hard to dissuade banks and insurers from doing business with it. 

RELATED: Here's a list of companies that have decided to cut ties with the NRA: 

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United Airlines

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Hertz

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Avis Budget Group Inc.

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TrueCar

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Metlife

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Enterprise

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@enamoredgirl Customer feedback has caused us to review our relationship with the NRA. As a result, First National… https://t.co/uPKwPFMHxo
Allied Van Lines no longer has an affiliate relationship with the NRA effective immediately. We have asked them to… https://t.co/IQlB6e4gzi
northAmerican Van Lines no longer has an affiliate relationship with the NRA effective immediately. We have asked t… https://t.co/VLJCWSldAm
Symantec has stopped its discount program with the National Rifle Association.
@grafinator @NRA Best Western Hotels & Resorts does not have any affiliation with and is not a corporate partner of… https://t.co/eMnkiPN3YW
@iainjgrant Please know, Wyndham is no longer affiliated with the NRA.
Thank you all for your feedback. Paramount Rx issued the statement below. “The prescription discount program that… https://t.co/ZFpIwKlpej
We have made the decision not to renew our discount program with the NRA. We will be asking them to remove our info… https://t.co/4eqO3kUR1W

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Teladoc

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One of the NRA’s worries is the state’s push against its Carry Guard insurance program, which is meant to protect gun owners from lawsuits when they fire their weapons in self-defense.

The state says Carry Guard policies are illegal. “People go to jail for selling illegal products, so I have very little sympathy for them,” Cuomo said at an event in the Bronx.

New York on Friday moved to dismiss the NRA lawsuit.

Cuomo hopes other states take up his anti-NRA fight. “They are political bullies — they control the president and they control most state legislators and most governors,” he said. “They don’t control me and never will.”

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