Good for Alaska
Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor and 15 other attorneys general have filed a friend of court brief against New York Attorney General Letitia James to block her attempt to shut down the National Rifle Association.
The AGs called her actions an abuse of power.
“State officials must enforce the law, but they must also take care not to become the law unto themselves,” the brief says. “Yet that’s precisely what has happened here. New York Attorney General Letita James seeks to dissolve the National Rifle Association of America, the country’s foremost Second Amendment advocacy organization. She seeks to do so not because of anything the organization or its members have done.
“Indeed, the New York AG purports to act in the interest of the NRA’s members – the very Americans who trust it to protect their constitutionally enumerated liberties. In other words, supposedly to protect NRA members, the New York AG seeks to kill the NRA.
The attorneys general also wrote:
“The statements made by the New York AG are nothing short of startling,” the attorneys general wrote. “The New York AG’s promise to ‘take down the NRA’ if elected, coupled with her description of the NRA’s advocacy as ‘poisonous’ and ‘deadly propaganda,’ makes it clear that the NRA’s message is the impetus for the New York AG’s dissolution request.”
The states party to the brief are Arkansas, Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and West Virginia.
Those states, it should be noted, have Republican leadership. James is a Democrat.
We wish the attorneys general success in thwarting what is little more than a crass political hatchet job and commend the state of Alaska for joining the fight.