Attorneys for the National Rifle Association are reportedly considering a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles following the unanimous vote by the city council on an ordinance requiring businesses that have contracts with the city to disclose any “ties” with the gun rights organization, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The 14-0 vote, with one council member absent on Tuesday, was reportedly taken after the city attorney’s office apparently advised the council that it was on “firm legal ground,” the newspaper said.
Fox News noted that a similar measure was passed by the council that requires contractors to reveal “any involvement in the construction of President Trump’s proposed border wall and any past investments in or profits from slavery.”
California attorney Chuck Michel, quoted by the Times article, dubbed the move to be “modern day McCarthyism.”
“Politicians are free to disagree with the NRA’s pro-freedom, firearm safety, and self-reliance message,” the attorney stated, “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 has represented NRA in various legal actions in California.
According to The Hill, the NRA “has come under mounting scrutiny, particularly from Democratic lawmakers, in the wake of recent mass shootings, including one last year that left 12 people dead in a suburb of Los Angeles.” But why? None of the identified killers in those “recent mass shootings” were evidently NRA members, or else that would likely have been widely reported.
But the NRA, which has several million members and supporters across the country, is an easy target for what many people consider social prejudice. The organization is almost automatically condemned after every mass shooting, apparently because they fight against legislation aimed at eroding the Second Amendment rights of members and American citizens at large.
That much is confirmed by a remark from Councilman Mitch O’Farrell that was quoted by the Los Angeles Times. O’Farrell reportedly commented that the NRA has been “a roadblock to gun safety reform at every level of government now for several decades.”
But “gun safety reform” is what many activists call “camo-speak” to disguise what is really gun control legislation, and sometimes gun prohibition efforts.