LA Backs Down, Repeals Law Requiring Companies to Disclose NRA Ties
Written by Luis Miguel
The Los Angeles City Council repealed a law that required companies competing for city contracts to disclose ties to the National Rifle Association.
The vote to repeal was a unanimous 12-0 on Tuesday and came after a federal court judge blocked the legislation from being enforced. The city council had passed the resolution following a shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar in 2018 that left 13 dead.
The law had made it a requirement for companies seeking city contracts to say whether they or their subsidiaries have ties to the NRA, which many Democrats blame for mass shootings.
At the time of the ordinance’s passing, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell claimed that it “provides transparency and allows the taxpayer to know how and where their monies are being spent” and called the NRA a “roadblock to gun safety reform at every level of government.”
Additionally, supporters of the legislation said that Los Angeles should not give funds to NRA-linked contracts while the city is attempting to promote gun safety.
The NRA sued the city over the law, arguing that it was a violation of the First Amendment’s freedom of expression protections and the 14th Amendment right to equal protection. Ultimately, the federal judge ruled in favor of the NRA.
The pro-gun group’s attorney, Chuck Michel, said the ruling was a “decisive victory,” adding that “Facing a trial where they’ll have to account for the unconstitutional ordinance, city officials are now trying to mitigate the consequences of their illegal misbehavior.”
A spokesman for City Attorney Mike Feuer said in a statement that the motive for repaling the law “pertains to litigation,” but did not provide further details.
The news came just days after thousands of demonstrators in Virginia protested strict gun-control legislation intended to be passed by the state’s new Democrat-controlled legislature and signed by Democrat Governor Ralph Northam.
The peaceful rally was comprised of Second Amendment supporters from all backgrounds and races. Ahead of the demonstration, Northam cited “credible intelligence” of armed militia groups planning to attack the capitol and declared a state emergency banning guns on capitol grounds — a practice usually allowed.
The slate of anti-gun legislation being pushed by Virginia Democrats includes an “assault weapons” ban that would prohibit the sale of semi-automatic firearms such as the popular AR-15, establish universal background checks, put forth tougher penalties for allowing someone under age 18 access to loaded firearms, reinstate the one-handgun-a-month rule, and enact risk protection laws — also known as red flag laws.
Democrats have also proposed a bill that would strengthen current state law against “paramilitary” activity by criminalizing assemblies of persons with firearms.
But the gun-control movement has inspired a strong response from Second Amendment-supporting jurisdictions. Over 100 Virginia localities have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries that have vowed not to cooperate with the pending suite of firearms restrictions.
In Culpeper County, Sheriff Scott Jenkins has vowed to deputize citizens if gun control is passed.
“Every Sheriff and Commonwealth Attorney in Virginia will see the consequences if our General Assembly passes further unnecessary gun restrictions,” Jenkins said. “I plan to properly screen and deputize thousands of our law-abiding citizens to protect their constitutional right to own firearms.”
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has stated that the gun sanctuary resolutions passed by cities and counties “have no legal effect.”
“It is my further opinion that localities and local constitutional officers cannot nullify state laws and must comply with gun violence prevention measures that the General Assembly may enact,” he has said, emphasizing that new gun laws “will be enforced.”
Herring also called the gun sanctuary movement “an effort by the gun lobby to stoke fear.”
While Democrats insist the upcoming laws will be enforced, the enthusiastic response shown by gun sanctuaries and the recent rally put the enforceability of such legislation in doubt.
Virginia Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw himself has said, “I’m not going to lock up a large part of Virginia.”
Democrats would be more than happy to lock up a few “gun nuts” in the hopes of making an example out of them to deter anyone else from resisting. But they neither have the will nor the resources to incarcerate entire counties’ worth of non-cooperating citizens — especially when they lack the support of the pro-gun Trump administration.
If constitutionalist Virginians merely hold to their guns, Democrats will soon find their agenda reduced to shooting blanks.
Luis Miguel is a writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American