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Washington State Responds to Cuomo's Call to Ban NRA Insurance Program

Washington state is considering taking further legal action against a National Rifle Association–branded insurance program after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo encouraged other states to consider banning the insurance.

By Jacqueline Thomsen

Washington state is considering taking further legal action against a National Rifle Association–branded insurance program after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) encouraged other states to consider banning the insurance.

Washington’s insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler said in a statement Wednesday that the state will take a second look at the "Carry Guard" program, which offers liability coverage to people who fire a gun. Kreidler issued a cease-and-desist order in April against four of the program's insurance products.

The state issued the order earlier this year after finding the policies were offered by the NRA without an insurance producer license, which violates state law.

“I am extremely concerned that the NRA continues to promote what appears to be a misleading product that may not provide consumers the protection it promises,” Kreidler said in a statement.

“Consumers deserve to understand what they’re buying,” he continued. “If they’re being misled, I will take immediate action to protect them.” 

NRA counsel William Brewer defended the group in a statement to The Hill, saying it has "acted appropriately at all times" and that it had relied on the firm offering the insurance, Lockton, to comply with state regulations.

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