The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear National Rifle Association of America v. Maria T. Vullo. This is a case the state of New York didn’t want the Court to accept, as state officials don’t want to be held accountable for using their regulatory authority in a blatant attack on the NRA’s First Amendment rights.
In 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit dismissed this vital First Amendment case, by ruling that, in an era of “enhanced corporate social responsibility,” it is permissible for state officials to use their regulatory power to single out and harm those with whom they disagree. If that ruling was or is allowed to stand, it could be used as a precedent to give legal cover to any other state official who might want to use their office to target and diminish their political adversaries.
Is that an America anyone wants to live in?