The state’s main gun rights lobby filed a notice of claim today signaling its intent to try to overturn New York’s sweeping new gun control law that Gov. Andrew Cuomo championed.

The claim filed by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association takes issue with the gun control law and its updated ban on assault weapons, challenging the Constitutionality of the measure.

The law also has new restrictions on the private sale of firearms and requires registration of previously unregistered assualt weapons.

The association maintains in its notice of claim – generally a precursor to a full-blown lawsuit – that the law violates the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause and due process and will result in unlawful seizure of property.

The claim also says that “the legislation is impermissibly vague and overbroad.”

Cuomo has praised the Legislature for passing the law, even as critics charge it was pushed through the Senate and Assembly with little debate on the specifics of the package.

(Remember: The governor issued a message of necessity to circumvent the three-day aging process on this bill, which wasn’t even debated in the Senate).

In a letter to lawmakers who voted in favor of the gun control law, Cuomo acknowledged that it came with some political risk for them to do so, and commended their couragte and willingness to expend political capital on this controversial issue.

The suit from the Rifle and Pistol Association also comes after the pro-gun lobby was virtually silent during the lead up to the passage of the law, which had been discussed as a possibility almost immediately in the wake of the mid-December Newtown massacre.

Safe Notice of Claim by Nick Reisman