New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the National Rifle Association “extremist” on Monday while discussing the organization’s lawsuit against him.
The NRA filed a lawsuit against Cuomo in May alleging that the governor is threatening their financial security by engaging in a “blacklisting campaign.” (RELATED: NRA Sues New York Governor For ‘Blacklisting Campaign’)
Cuomo argues that the lawsuit is “frivolous” and promised on MSNBC on Monday to double down on his attacks on the NRA. He referred to the gun rights group, which has at least 3 million members on its rolls, as an “extremist organization.”
“They are right that I have been a long-term political opponent of the NRA,” Cuomo said. “I believe they are an extremist organization, I believe they don’t want any progress on gun reform because it would put them out of business. The majority of gun owners in this country support reasonable gun control.”
“I think the NRA frustrates any progress just so they have a business line to further,” he concluded.
Editor’s note: The story has been updated to note the lawsuit was filed in May, not March.