NRA accused of violating consumer protection act again

A class action lawsuit has been filed accusing the National Rifle Association of violating consumer protection laws by its practice of robocalling non-consenting parties.

The complaint, filed in a federal court in Florida, alleges the NRA ignored the Telephone Consumer Protection Act when it made unsolicited phone calls using automatic telephone dialing systems to relay a prerecorded message.   

Last week’s lawsuit names Michigan resident Martin Levin as the lead plaintiff. Levin, who frequently visits Florida, said the NRA called his cell phone in September while he visited the Sunshine State. Levin said he is not an NRA member nor did he give the gun lobby his phone number.

The TCPA prohibits groups — both for- and non-profit — from using autodialers to contact a party without their consent except in the case of an emergency.

Levin and the class demand a trial by jury and ask for $500 to $1,500 in damages for every phone call found in violation of the TCPA.

This is the second civil suit against the NRA citing TCPA in six months. An Ohio federal court dismissed the case — though many called it frivolous — and both parties agreed to pay their own fees.