Statement on Attorney General James’ Historic Lawsuit to Dissolve NRA

August 6, 2020

WASHINGTON -- Guns Down America, a bolder, broader movement calling for dramatically fewer guns in America, released the following statement after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association.

“Today’s historic lawsuit is the kind of critically important bold action that Americans have been demanding for years to hold the NRA accountable,” said Igor Volsky, Executive Director of Guns Down America. “For too long the NRA has been focused on self-dealing and enriching itself by blocking any attempts to make our nation safer. I challenge responsible gun owners who are disgusted by the allegations in this lawsuit to publicly break with this lawless organization and work with the overwhelming majority of Americans who support gun reform to build safer communities.”

In 2017 and 2018, Guns Down America launched a campaign calling on insurance companies to drop that NRA’s murder insurance program. That resulted in the State of New York slapping the NRA’s Carry Guard program with a $7 million fine. The investigation found the NRA improperly conducted business without a license and “unlawfully provided liability insurance to gun owners who may be charged with a crime.”

The two insurance companies behind the NRA’s program agreed to end the NRA’s Carry Guard program following a campaign led by Guns Down. Reuters reported that Chubb gave the notice just a month after the campaign, led by Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, was launched. Lockton, meanwhile, made its announcement the same day Guns Down flew a banner over its corporate headquarters.