NRA sues Los Angeles over law requiring contractors to disclose ties to gun group

NRA sues Los Angeles over law requiring contractors to disclose ties to gun group
© Greg Nash

The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit over a Los Angeles city ordinance that requires contractors to disclose ties to the gun rights group, calling the measure a violation of constitutional rights to free speech, free assembly and equal protection. 

The NRA said in court that the city ordinance "is about discriminating against a lawful organization and its members and supporters because the City does not approve of their political speech." 

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The lawsuit characterized the ordinance as "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 is seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction that prohibits the city from enforcing the ordinance and an unspecified amount in damages, as well as court costs. 

The suit was filed against the city, as well as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles City Clerk Holly Wolcott. 

“I support this policy, I’m confident in it, and we’re not going to be bullied by the NRA,” Garcetti told The Hill in a statement. 

"We will vigorously defend the ordinance," Rob Wilcox, the city attorney's community engagement and outreach director, told The Hill in a statement. 

The ordinance, which took effect April 1, requires a government contractor to disclose "all of its and its Subsidiaries’ contracts with or Sponsorships of the NRA." It also mandates that contractors update the city on any new contracts or sponsorships.