NEW YORK (AP) - New York state's attorney general, who promised during her campaign to investigating the National Rifle Association's nonprofit status, has begun an investigation into the finances of the gun owners' group, her spokeswoman said Saturday.
"The Office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James has launched an investigation related to the National Rifle Association (NRA)," spokeswoman Kelly Donnelly said in an email. "As part of this investigation, the Attorney General has issued subpoenas."
William A. Brewer, the NRA's outside lawyer, said the NRA "will fully cooperate with any inquiry into its finances."
James, a Democrat, vowed during her campaign last year to investigate the NRA's not-for-profit status if elected.
The NRA has clashed repeatedly with New York elected officials aiming to curb the organization's influence.
The group filed a lawsuit last year against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state officials after New York fined insurance broker Lockton Cos. LLC $7 million for underwriting an NRA-branded insurance program called Carry Guard.