Anti second amendment group tried to game the system in Supreme Court case.
Washington Free Beacon:
Some of the country's leading gun control groups quietly lobbied earlier this summer for a New York law that loosens restrictions on where legal gun owners can take their firearms in order to undermine a pending Supreme Court case, records show.The travel restrictions do not remotely look reasonable. The group has good reason to think they are likely to lose in the Supreme Court.
Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords both lobbied New York lawmakers on Assembly Bill A07752 and Senate Bill S6151 which allowed law-abiding gun owners to legally transport their firearms to new locations like shooting ranges and competitions, according to New York disclosure records. All but one of the legislatures lobbied by the gun control groups voted to loosen the travel restrictions and preempt a New York City ordinance that's currently the subject of a lawsuit that is being considered by the Supreme Court.
The two gun control groups spent a total of $21,275 between May and June on the lobbyists who influenced the firearms transport bills. Everytown spent an additional $1,275 on lobbyists who influenced the firearms transport bills and other gun-related bills.
Neither Everytown, Giffords, nor a number of the Democrats who were lobbied by the groups would comment on their effort to influence the legislation. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA), the gun rights group whose case against the transportation restrictions is currently pending before the Supreme Court, said the groups were trying to undermine the case by advocating for the new transport law.
"They lobbied in favor of the legislation and we think it was hypocritical," Tom King, president of the gun rights group, told the Washington Free Beacon.
Since the Supreme Court announced it would take up New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York back in January, the defendants have reversed course on their years-long defense of the travel restrictions and attempted to get the case dismissed by changing the law being challenged. Gun control activists have publicly expressed concern the travel restrictions could be struck down as unconstitutional and the ruling could potentially extend beyond the specific law in question to other gun control provisions adopted in a handful of deep blue states.