Protesters rally at NRA headquarters in Virginia

Protesters rally at NRA headquarters in Virginia

The Parkland, Florida students survived a shooting in February that killed 17 students and teachers.

Advocates for stricter gun control laws protested Saturday outside the National Rifle Association's headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. Some of the survivors of the shooting were at at the protest as well.

"Hey, hey, ho ho, the NRA has got to go", the crowds chanted while NRA supporters, some armed with weapons, waved President Donald Trump banners and held up signs, including one reading "Tyranny: When you disarm me". The protest comes amidst NRA court filings that suggest the gun-rights advocacy group is going bankrupt. That's why we came today.

March for Our Lives, which sponsored the rally, scheduled to occur on what would have been Joaquin Oliver's 18th birthday. She spoke about the effect the shooting has had on her as she lost a friend in it.

"I happen to be a believer in the Second Amendment", Guttenberg said, according to NBC Washington.

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In the lawsuit, the NRA claims its in financial ruin and could go broke.

"In May, when the lawsuit was initially filed, Cuomo issued a statement describing it as "a futile and desperate attempt" by the NRA to" advance its risky agenda to sell more guns".

"Absent injunctive relief, defendants' blacklisting campaign will continue to damage the NRA and its members, as well as endanger the free speech and association rights guaranteed by the constitutions of the United States and the State of NY, " the lawsuit said.

The campaign the NRA highlighted appears to be part of a national effort, spearheaded by Parkland students, calling for companies to cut ties with the group in the aftermath of several high profile USA shootings.

The motion to dismiss argues that the actions by the governor and Department of Financial Services were created to protect New Yorkers and they don't harm the NRA's First Amendment rights or other constitutional protections, Cuomo said.

"If the NRA is unable to collect donations from its members, safeguard the assets endowed to it, apply its funds to cover media buys and other expenses integral to its political speech, and obtain basic corporate insurance coverage, it will be unable to exist as a not-for-profit or pursue its advocacy mission", the lawsuit states.

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