Bergen gun shop, owner join lawsuit against Cuomo and his ‘abuse of power’

Bergen gun shop, owner join lawsuit against Cuomo and his ‘abuse of power’

Brandon Lewis, owner of The Firing Pin in Bergen, is among a group that has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Cuomo. The owner of a Bergen gun shop has joined seven other plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed against Gov. Andrew Cuomo claiming abuse of power during the COVID-19 crisis. The suit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court by Buffalo attorneys James Ostrowski and Michael Kuzma. 2ANYS, a Buffalo-based organization dedicated to civil rights and preserving 2nd Amendment rights, was the main initiator of the suit. Among the plaintiffs is Brandon Lewis, who owns The Firing Pin in Bergen. Lewis said he was contacted by 2ANYS founder Steve Felano about joining the lawsuit. “He saw the situation we were in and we had a few conference calls with that attorney before launching this,” Lewis said. “We want to remind them that our rights don’t go away during something like this.” The 50-page lawsuit argues that Cuomo abused his emergency powers, that his directives were unlawful and that the state Constitution gives legislative power to the legislature only, not the governor. Among the claims, the state government has: n Unlawfully compelled firearms retailers to close. n Illegally shut down pistol permitting offices. n Banned the purchase of ammunition. n Canceled the right to public assembly. n Nullified the free exercise of religion. n Illegally compelled citizens to wear masks in public. n Unlawfully forced the closure of businesses. Also named in the lawsuit along with Cuomo are Attorney General […]

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