Nov. 18 (UPI) — The Nationwide Rifle Affiliation on Wednesday agreed to pay $2.5 million and cease promoting insurance coverage in New York to resolve an investigation into whether or not it violated state insurance coverage legal guidelines.

The NRA reached the settlement with the New York Division of Monetary Companies by which it’ll pay the effective and cease advertising insurance coverage to its members in New York for 5 years in trade for ending the three-year investigation.

“The NRA operated as an unlicensed insurance coverage producer and broke the New York Insurance coverage Regulation by soliciting insurance coverage merchandise and receiving compensation,” DFS Superintendent Linda Lacewell mentioned. “Even worse, the NRA violated the New York Insurance coverage Regulation by soliciting harmful and impermissible insurance coverage merchandise, together with these inside its Carry Guard program that presupposed to insure intentional acts and prison protection prices.”

The DFS’ investigation discovered the NRA earned fee on greater than 28,000 gross sales of insurance coverage merchandise to New York members, regardless of not having a correct insurance coverage license.

These gross sales included the group’s Carry Guard program, which pledged to cowl authorized charges and civil legal responsibility prices of policyholders concerned in firearm-related incidents by which they claimed they acted in self protection, which was deemed illegal in New York.

Between April 1, 2017, and Nov. 17, 2017, the NRA marketed and bought Carry Guard all through the nation, promoting about 680 insurance policies to New Yorkers.

William Brewer an legal professional for the NRA issued a press release saying the DFS investigation “started with a roar” and “ends with a whimper.”

“The consent order comprises no admissions by the NRA and no NRA member cash will fund this settlement,” Brewer mentioned.