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NRA Hails Supreme Court Ruling On Free Speech Violation By NY Officials

• Zero Hedge

On Thursday, the High Court ruled in National Rifle Association v. Maria T. Vullo that Ms. Vullo and New York State officials used their regulatory authority to coerce insurance companies, banks, and other financial institutions into cutting ties with the Second Amendment advocacy group based on the NRA's political mission.

Ms. Vullo was the Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) when the NRA claims the coercion took place. The DFS is the New York state regulatory agency overseeing banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions.

According to the court's opinion, state officials are free to express their views. They are not free to punish those who do not share their views.

"A government official can share her views freely and criticize particular beliefs, and she can do so forcefully in the hopes of persuading others to follow her lead," Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in the majority opinion on May 30.