If this is not a lawsuit in the making, I am not sure what is. The Los Angeles City Council recently passed a motion forcing city contractors to disclose any ties or support with the National Rifle Association (NRA).
While the new ordinance was approved by a 10-0 vote, it will not (formally) ban NRA-linked contractors from doing business with the city. However, it is hard to imagine any legitimate use or reason to require contractors to disclose any contracts or sponsorships they have with the NRA. However, it is easy to imagine how such knowledge could be used to discriminate about political beliefs or support of the Second Amendment.
The motion was written by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. The new motion directs the city attorney to draft an ordinance outlining the new disclosure rules, which will need to be voted on by the City Council.
“For the sake of transparency, the city’s residents and stakeholders deserve to know how the city’s public funds are being spent, and whether taxpayer funds are being spent on contractors that have contractual or sponsorship ties with the NRA,” the motion states. What about the Antifa, Black Lives Matter, the Green Party, Tea Party, or dozens of other groups? Why does the LA City Council not seem concerned with whether city contractors donated to the Brady Campaign, Everytown for Gun Safety, or the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence?
Los Angeles has doubled down on a record that has shown an anti-Second Amendment bias for years. In August, Councilman Mitch Englander introduced a motion with would make possessing, downloading, or distributing a blueprint for 3D firearm a misdemeanor in the city of L.A. Does anyone else see a free speech issue here?
Last year, the council was forced to repeal a longtime ban on the sale of “ultracompact” handguns. The ban, which was enacted in 2001, prevented the sale of firearms with a length less that 6.75 inches or a height less than 4.5 inches within city limits. It would seem Los Angeles has never heard of the Heller Decision’s “in common use” clause.
The NRA and California Rifle & Pistol Association had long been opposed to the ban, and threatening legal action if it was not overturned, arguing that state law allowed the sale of some of the weapons and preempted the local ordinance. In 2015, the council approved a ban on high-capacity gun magazines with more than 10 rounds. While all of these laws or attempted laws dealt with firearms directly, that latest action was first to target the NRA and de facto threaten anyone wishing to support the NRA.
Do you think the City of Los Angeles will be successful in implementing this new law? How do you think the information will be used? Share your answers and analysis in the comment section.
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