(Los Angeles, CA) The National Rifle Association has filed suit challenging the City of Los Angeles’ newly adopted ordinance which requires current and prospective contractors working with the city to disclose any relationships with the NRA.
A press release from the NRA states, “Make no mistake, the goal of this outrageous Ordinance is to discourage NRA membership and silencing support for the Second Amendment.”
“Politicians are free to disagree with the NRA’s pro-freedom, firearm safety, and self-reliance message, they are notfree to censor it — as this ordinance would do when NRA supporters drop their NRA affiliations for fear of losing work from the City of Los Angeles because they get put on this ‘blacklist’ with the City of Los Angeles,” said Chuck Michel of Michel & Associates, president of CRPA and civil rights attorney.
The suit was filed in federal court.
Garcetti said: “I support this policy, I’m confident in it, and we’re not going to be bullied by the NRA.”
“The Ordinance has nothing to do with awarding contracts to the best candidates, fiduciary stewardship of public resources, or providing equal and open opportunities,” according to the lawsuit. “Instead, it is about discriminating against a lawful organization and its members and supporters because the City does not approve of their political speech.”
According to the NRA, the Ordinance has nothing to do with awarding contracts to the best candidates.
“This is one of the largest cities in the country using its power to bully lawful businesses and individual members based on their political viewpoint,” the NRA stated in their complaint.
Chuck Michel, a lawyer for the NRA, accused Los Angeles of “modern day McCarthyism.”
The case is National Rifle Association et al v. City of Los Angeles et al, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, No. 19-03212.
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