By Mark J. Peterson and John F. KosterLawyers in Missouri may have their work cut out for them if they’re going to win their lawsuit against the National Rifle Association (NRA) in a state that bans gun-related gun rights.
Missouri’s defamation law, passed in 2015, requires defendants to prove they’ve been the target of the suit before it can go forward.
It also requires a plaintiff to prove that a defendant had knowledge of the lawsuit, or that the plaintiff knew of or should have known of the defendant’s defamation of the plaintiff.
The law is one of the few states in the country that bars lawsuits for defamation, and Missouri is a hotbed of legal controversy.
The NRA is a powerful political organization with a strong legal presence in the state.
So far, the plaintiffs have been successful in getting the lawsuit dismissed.
But Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is still fighting.
Kosten is a former Missouri state representative who, in 2014, introduced a bill that would have required all lawsuits filed against the NRA to be filed with the state, instead of the federal court.
“The lawsuit is filed in the name of the state,” Koster said.
“That is why we need to get the court involved.”
But the NRA, for its part, is not backing down.
The group released a statement Tuesday in response to the state’s decision, saying the state should take it up with the U.S. Supreme Court.
The organization’s statement goes on to argue that the NRA’s lawsuit has been “filed with the intent to intimidate, malign, and threaten the Missourians right to keep and bear arms, and to do so in the highest court in the land.”
“If this is not a clear case of defamatory libel, I don’t know what is,” the statement continues.
The Missouri attorney general’s office has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Missouri attorney David E. Miller, who represented the plaintiffs in the suit, told The Associated Press that his team is still working through the legal challenges.
“This is a very complex issue, and it’s going to take a lot of time to come to a decision,” Miller said.
The plaintiffs are represented by attorney Brian S. Womack, who is based in the New York City law firm of Guggenheim and Milstein.
The suit was filed by a group called the Second Amendment Foundation, which is part of the National Right to Carry Association.
In its statement, the NRA said the plaintiffs were trying to “defame our group and the law-abiding gun owners in Missouri.”
The organization added that the lawsuit was “attempted to harm the reputation of the Second, Second Amendment, and NRA organizations” by making baseless allegations against them and the NRA.
The lawsuit is not the first defamation suit filed against groups that oppose gun-control measures.
The National Rifle Federation has sued the New Hampshire Legislature over a ban on concealed carry.
And in November, the U,S.
Chamber of Commerce filed a lawsuit against a Nevada state lawmaker, alleging he violated the First Amendment’s free speech rights by saying the group does not “have the right to kill people.”
The Missouri law was passed in response, in part, to a state court ruling that said the NRA could not file a defamation suit in a case in which the plaintiff had not been sued.
The state law states that “any action to file a lawsuit in a defamation case may not be made if the plaintiff is unable to prove the facts against him.”
A Missouri court rejected the claim that the state law barred a defamation claim against the state by a defendant.
The NRA is also a defendant in a lawsuit brought against the University of Missouri over a controversial statue of a Confederate soldier, which had been placed on the campus in 2014.
In that case, a federal judge struck down the statue in April of this year.
The university is appealing that ruling.