Courthouse Steps Decision: NRA v. Vullo

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On May 30, 2024, the Supreme Court issued its decision in National Rifle Association of America v. Vullo. In a 9-0 decision, the Court sided with the NRA, affirming the actions taken by New York Department of Financial Services Maria Vullo violated the First Amendment. The case, known as one of the two "jawboning" cases heard this term (along with Murthy v. Missouri) raised the question of whether the First Amendment allows a government regulator to threaten regulated entities with adverse regulatory actions if they do business with a controversial speaker, as a consequence of (a) the government’s own hostility to the speaker’s viewpoint or (b) a perceived “general backlash” against the speaker’s advocacy.

Join us for a panel discussion breaking down and analyzing this case and what can be expected, especially in light of the fact Murthy has yet to be decided.


  • Thomas Berry, Research Fellow, Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, Cato Institute
  • Robert Corn-Revere, Chief Counsel, FIRE
  • Vera Eidelman, Staff Attorney, Speech, Technology, and Privacy Project, ACLU
  • John J. Vecchione, Senior Litigation Counsel, New Civil Liberties Alliance
  • (Moderator) Casey Mattox, Vice President for Legal and Judicial Strategy, Americans for Prosperity


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