The one-sentence decision from a four-judge panel came two weeks after an individual appellate judge had put the order on hold while the appeals process played out.
In his decision, Judge David Friedman of the state’s intermediate appeals court cited constitutional concerns about restricting Trump’s free speech.
The NRA claimed that remarks by former New York State Department of Financial Services superintendent Maria Vullo violated the group’s First Amendment rights.
The former president's attorneys argued the fine was unfair and unconstitutional, but Judge Arthur Engoron stood by his decision that Trump's remarks violated the narrow gag order.
The episodes raise questions about whether Trump can abide by court directives that are aimed at reining in his rhetoric while he campaigns to return to the White House.
The National Rifle Association claimed that a New York state financial regulator coerced and threatened banks and insurers to sever business relationships with the gun group, according to the 2018 lawsuit, which claimed the regulator's "intent [was] to obstruct, chill, deter, and retaliate against the NRA’s core political speech." But, a federal appeals court recently found that the regulator's actions were done in "good faith" and dismissed the complaint.
The new law broadly protects speech on public matters and ensures that defendants targeted with SLAPP lawsuits recover legal fees.
The legislation affirms the right of individuals to record law enforcement activity, and to keep their recordings. The law goes into effect in 30 days.