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.

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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.”