Far-left New York Democrat Attorney General Letitia James’ attempts to destroy the National Rifle Association come as the NRA announced early on Thursday morning that it plans on spending “tens of millions” of dollars in battleground states in the run-up to the 2020 election.
Jason Ouimet, who runs the NRA’s lobbying arm and political action committee, told The Washington Free Beacon that the group is planning to spend heavily in swing states, including Arizona, Colorado, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.
James filed a lawsuit on Thursday to dissolve the NRA claiming that the organization was self-dealing and was subsequently slammed by critics for allegedly abusing her power to target a political opponent.
“We’ll be in those places at every level,” Ouimet said. “You are literally going to be dealing with the potential confiscation of firearms. You’re literally going to be told you can’t carry in certain places. You can’t own certain things for self-defense. Folks need to understand that.”
“We’ll spend tens of millions of dollars. Will it be $50 million? I don’t know,” Ouimet continued. “We got shut down from doing any of that level of fundraising. Yeah, that has an impact on us just the same way it has an impact on everybody else. Does it mean that we’re not going to be effective? Does it mean that we’re not going to play? No.”
Ouimet said that Biden’s “unconstitutional” agenda is “100 percent anti-gun” and that the NRA has “a massive grassroots army” to help win the fight on the ground because they are not funded by “any group of billionaires,” which is an apparent shot at some of the far-left gun control groups that are funded by billionaires like Democrat Michael Bloomberg.
The news comes as the NRA has been gaining over 1,000 new members per day since June, when violent riots began to rock Democrat-controlled cities and Democrats have pushed “defund the police” movements.
Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) Chairman Louisiana Attorney blasted James’ “manipulation of our legal system for political gain” in a statement on Thursday afternoon.
“Lawless liberals have hit a new low in their pursuit of defunding the police, discarding the Second Amendment, and deterring our ability to protect ourselves,” Landry wrote. “The New York Attorney General is shamefully abusing her power to target a political adversary, the same way a Saint Louis prosecutor did last month when she took guns away from citizens trying to protect themselves. This action is no different than what Democrats did during the shameful impeachment of President Trump: an attempt to use the levers of government to go after political opponents.”
“From their endorsement of the ‘defund the police’ movement to cancelling our Founding Fathers, and now cancelling our founding principles, there has been a troubling pattern from the Democrat attorneys general in recent months,” Landry continued. “We must stop the madness. Fortunately, the American people can read the tea leaves of this lawsuit – it is a partisan hit job aimed at empowering the mob and endangering law abiding citizens, who respect the Second Amendment.”