MARYLAND — National Rifle Association boss Wayne LaPierre blasted “communist” Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday — accusing him of abusing his office to try to destroy the powerful gun-lobby group.
LaPierre also sounded off against New York Attorney General Letitia James after her office announced an investigation into the NRA’s finances in 2019.
“[Cuomo’s] actions have forced many former business partners to abandon us in what is being described as the most outrageous abuse of power to which they have ever been subjected,” LaPierre told the Conservative Political Action Conference.
New York state blacklists banks and insurers from doing business with the pro-gun group — drawing a federal lawsuit from the NRA in 2018 and the ire of President Trump.
“Cuomo and James are inspired by a pure political vendetta, motivated by an unbridled and burning hatred of the NRA, our members and everything that we stand for,” LaPierre said to loud boos from the crowd as the annual conservative summit.
“They’re willing to use and abuse the full power of government in an attempt to crush us like something that you would see in communist China.”
In a statement to The Post, Cuomo accused the NRA of being afraid of him and said he wouldn’t back down from the fight after LaPierre’s “unhinged rant.”
“The NRA are a bunch of political bullies who control politicians in Washington and across the country, but they don’t control me, and they don’t control New York, and that’s why they’re scared,” Cuomo said.
“I’m sick and tired of the bloodshed and the politicians saying they’ll remember the victims of senseless gun violence in their thoughts and prayers,” he added.
“If the NRA goes away, I’ll remember them in my thoughts and prayers.”
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