National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre blasted New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) Saturday for "covertly violating the Constitution" by blacklisting Second Amendment organizations.

LaPierre said that when he joined the NRA about 40 years ago, there commonly was civil discourse between both sides of the gun control debate.

LaPierre reminded the crowd at CPAC how Cuomo told an Albany, N.Y. radio station that "pro-assault-weapon" gun rights activists and other right-wing people "have no place in the State of New York."

"What a difference a couple of decades makes," LaPierre told the crowd in Oxon Hill, Md. "No matter how much [Andrew] would like to, he can't just expel gun owners from the state. If he did that, he would overtly violate the U.S. Constitution."

LaPierre said that instead, Cuomo -- who just entered his third term in office -- is waging a "covert" war against the NRA and gun rights activists.

He said that Cuomo is wielding his power over Wall Street to force a "blacklist" of the NRA among insurance companies, banks and other institutions.

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LaPierre said Cuomo is "suffocat[ing] Second Amendment speech by choking off the funds that make that speech possible."

"New York started to punish companies who did business with the NRA [via] multi-million-dollar penalties [and] forced several of our business partners to abandon us."

LaPierre said that the media has ignored the situation, but added that it would reverberate an outcry if a "red state" governor did the same to Planned Parenthood or the Sierra Club.

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