A new law would make sure that contractors who do business with Los Angeles disclose their ties to the NRA, according to the LA Times. Contractors would need to disclose any contracts or sponsorships they or their subsidiaries have with the NRA.
The ordinance was sought after by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. He said that the NRA has “been a roadblock to gun safety reform at every level of government now for several decades.”
“Let’s take a look at who we’re doing businesses with who is doing business with the NRA,” said Margot Bennett, executive director of Women Against Gun Violence.
The NRA disclosure law contains several exemptions. One of which is contracts involving the city’s pension funds.
NRA attorneys have promised to fight back with another lawsuit if the ordinance passes. The NRA says that the law violates the First Amendment and is “an unconstitutional effort to restrict and chill an individual’s right to associate and express their political beliefs.”
NRA attorney Chuck Michel said he was not aware of any other city with such a policy.
“Politicians are free to disagree with the NRA’s pro-freedom, firearm safety, and self-reliance message, but they aren’t free to censor it — as this would do when NRA supporters drop their NRA memberships for fear of losing their livelihood from being on this blacklist,” Michel said. “This is modern day McCarthyism, and my clients are confident no judge will let it stand.”
O’Farrell said that the city is “on firm legal ground.”