- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 21, 2013

The National Rifle Association said Thursday that the group has joined the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association in a lawsuit challenging the state’s new law banning so-called assault weapons and limiting ammunition magazines to a maximum capacity of seven rounds.

“Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature usurped the legislative and democratic process in passing these extreme anti-gun measures with no committee hearings and no public input,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “This obvious disrespect for New Yorkers and their Second Amendment rights will not be tolerated.”

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, alleges that terms such as “a semiautomatic version of an automatic rifle, shotgun or firearm” are “unconstitutionally vague” and the law violates peoples’ rights under the Second and 14th amendments.

Other plaintiffs in the case include the Westchester County Firearms Owners Association, the New York State Amateur Trapshooting Association and the Beikirch Ammunition Corp.

Mr. Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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