Los Angeles Ordinance Creates NRA ‘Blacklist’

City Council Member Mitch O’Farrell (center) at an anti-gun rally in 2018. (Photo: Facebook)

Last week, the Los Angeles City Council by a vote of 14-0 approved an ordinance that would require city contractors to disclose any and all financial ties to the National Rifle Association.

The new law claims that the NRA “has sought to block sensible gun safety reform at every level of government across the nation.”  It requires “those seeking to do business with the City to fully and accurately disclose any and all contracts with or sponsorship of the NRA.”

The disclosures would have to be made under oath by affidavit.  Those who fail to disclose NRA ties can have their city contracts terminated.

One of the greatest supporters of the ordinance is City Council Member Mitch O’Farrell.

The “NRA peddles in gun violence and extremism,” said O’Farrell, who, as reported by the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, also claimed that the NRA is an extremist and white supremacist group that causes irreparable harm.

O’Farrell assured his supporters that the City was on “firm legal ground” in passing the ordinance.

The NRA warned the City that it would file a lawsuit if the ordinance was passed.

“The First Amendment protects the right to free speech and association,” NRA attorneys wrote in a letter to the City Council. “The proposed ordinance specifically blacklists those who affiliate with the NRA and is an unconstitutional effort to restrict and chill an individual’s right to associate and express their political beliefs.”

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“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,” NRA attorney Chuck Michel told the L.A. Times.  “This is modern day McCarthyism, and my clients are confident no judge will let it stand.”

Other groups have opposed the new ordinance including the Studio City Neighborhood Council.  They sent a statement to the City Council saying that while “stakeholders are concerned about gun violence,” singling out an organization “smacks of politics, makes little sense and could result in unwanted legal costs.”

Los Angeles has similar disclosure requirements applicable to companies involved in the construction of President Trump’s proposed border wall and over historic investment in or profits from slavery.

There will be one more procedural vote before the ordinance is finally adopted.  The date of the vote had not been set at the time this article was written.  Stay tuned for updates.

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About the author: John Thomas is a U.S. Navy veteran, and a former prosecutor and defense attorney with over 20 years of experience in state and federal courts. He has handled everything from traffic tickets to first-degree murder cases and is a long-time supporter of Second Amendment rights and the rights of individuals to defend themselves, their families and their property.

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  • Robert Messmer February 25, 2019, 8:44 pm

    Quote: “Los Angeles has similar disclosure requirements applicable to companies involved in the construction of President Trump’s proposed border wall and over historic investment in or profits from slavery.” Notice the “historic investment in or profits from slavery”? That would mean that Los Angeles is prohibiting anyone or anything connected with the Democrat party.

  • Sepp W February 24, 2019, 10:11 am

    No hope for CA. The liberal infestation is akin to ticks on mangy mongrel.

    Liberals created the term “gun violence” and it’s so common place now that everyone uses it. In a liberal’s dystopia there are no criminals, only crime. So, they go after inanimate instruments that PEOPLE use to perpetrate VILOENT CRIMES against other people.

    “A gun, like any other source of power, is a source for either good or evil, being neither itself, but dependent on those who possess it.”

  • mcFoo February 22, 2019, 2:28 pm

    1 in 10 California residents are illegal. crazy.

    • Bobs your uncle February 22, 2019, 7:15 pm

      look up plan of San Diego, 1910 Texas

  • Stan d. Upnow February 22, 2019, 1:29 pm

    This BS is absolutely discrimination and borders on a hate crime.

  • Stan d. Upnow February 22, 2019, 1:21 pm

    STOP, STOP, STOP electing idiot, no-nothing Leftists to positions where they can enact laws, ordinances, or Any form of public policy!

  • Josh February 22, 2019, 1:13 pm

    They democrats hate the NRA. True 2nd amendment advocates distrust the NRA and are leaving the NRA for GOA (gun owners of America) me included. So if your a contractor Leave the NRA go over to the GOA and then its a win, win. The contractor gets the contract, the democrats feel good about not supporting a NRA affiliated company, and the real gun owners organization gets more funs to fight 2nd amendment infringement.

    • John L February 24, 2019, 9:09 pm

      I’ll take your advice for what it’s worth. Nothing. Yeah, I’m a long time member of the NRA. Also the GOA, the SAF and the Arizona Rifle and Pistol Association. Been fighting this fight for 45 years and counting. Grow up and quit denigrating fellow gun owners.

  • Tony S February 22, 2019, 11:55 am

    The best thing to do is sit back, let the fascist law take affect. Then every NRA member able to bid on a contract do so, be honest about NRA affiliation; then when they are not chosen, launch hundreds (if not thousands) of law suits – push the already failing city/county govts into bankruptcy. Time to fight them at their own game and threaten suits, bog them down in court with costly fees…

  • Donald Hoyle February 22, 2019, 10:59 am

    lets just kick cali out of the country! the bitches in the photo are sure ugly!

  • Bobs your uncle February 22, 2019, 10:35 am

    “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit” Calif state motto

  • Fred Gasparino February 22, 2019, 9:33 am

    The inmates are running the asylum in CA, and have been for a long time.

  • Mike February 22, 2019, 8:54 am

    It just so happens that I attended an NRA banquet last night. It started by recognizing the American veterans in attendance, then we recited the pledge of allegiance, a blessing for the dinner was said, we had dinner together, a silent auction followed by a live auction to raise money for children and school safety, then we went home. Which of those extreme activities exactly is California opposed to? I am ashamed to have these people in my country!

    • Justista February 22, 2019, 10:55 am

      All of them.

    • Stan d. Upnow February 22, 2019, 1:24 pm

      At this point, I\’d say most of the people in Cali-fornia don\’t even legally belong here.

  • Patrick February 22, 2019, 8:14 am

    In case this has been missed. This has all been done before. It started in the 30’s in Germany. They create fear in the masses of anyone that opposes their agenda. They are dividing our country, pitting citizen against citizen. Eventually, once those that oppose their beliefs are defeated, those that they have brain washed to help them will no longer be of value and without any protection, they too will succumb to these socialistic fascists.
    They couldn’t beat us in war, so they infiltrated us and slower are taking power.
    God help us and God Bless America

    • Stan d. Upnow February 22, 2019, 1:28 pm

      Problem for them is…. we know who they are as public figures. They think they can do as they please with no consequences. Delusion is only temporarily comforting.

  • blasted cap February 22, 2019, 7:02 am

    Better hope SCOTUS is willing to hear the case. No court in California is going to overturn the ordinance.

  • Mike February 20, 2019, 4:02 pm

    It’s unconstitutional they need to sue the state . They are getting out of control in that state and they need to be stoped

    • joefoam February 22, 2019, 8:18 am

      Uh, this is defined as discrimination which public funds can’t sponsor. Needs to go to the next level for a ruling.

  • Bobs your uncle February 19, 2019, 7:46 pm

    WOW! moms for action? too easy

    • Bobs your uncle February 20, 2019, 2:07 pm

      Disarm hate? start by not hating yourself and realize nobody gives a —- if you are gay or straight. Moms, start by teaching your children coping skills and personal responsibility or make a bunch of bull shit laws that do nothing for you or your children. Look at what California politicians are doing to one of the riches states in the country, you want these guys to do more?

      • Zupglick February 22, 2019, 12:19 pm

        California. Our own Venezuela.

        • Stuart February 23, 2019, 1:53 am

          “Our,” anyone with even a half-functioning brain wouldn’t lay claim to Komifornia. It really needs to be given back to Mexico so they can attempt to deal with it.

          Just flying over it gives me the hibee-gibees.

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