Los Angeles Demands Contractors Reveal NRA Ties

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Contractors hoping to do business with the City of Los Angeles may soon have to disclose any ties to the NRA first, and will likely have to sever ties before being approved, as CBSLA reports:

A Los Angeles City Council Committee approved a proposed ordinance Monday that would require city contractors to disclose any ties they have to the National Rifle Association.

The full City Council in October approved a motion from Councilman Mitch O’Farrell which authorized the drafting of the ordinance by the City Attorney’s Office.


The ordinance would not ban NRA-connected contractors from doing business with the city but would require them to disclose any contracts or sponsorships they have with the gun rights advocacy group.

The NRA did not respond to a request for comment.

“The roadblock to gun safety legislation across the United States is the National Rifle Association,” O’Farrell said during a meeting of the Budget and Finance Committee in October.”

“Although gun safety legislation has been enacted by some individual states, especially here in California, the NRA’s lock on Congress and the Senate is such that no gun safety legislation has been enacted at the federal level since 1994 with the assault weapons ban. That ban expired in 2004.”


The Budget and Finance Committee approved the draft ordinance on Monday. It will now go to the full City Council for consideration.

Supporters of the proposed new ordinance claim no one will be banned for NRA connections, but we sincerely doubt that will ultimately be true.

Otherwise what’s the point of asking?

Bearing Arms has more on this proposed ordinance:

But this is different. This time, the Los Angeles City Council wants to place a political litmus test. They want to know the gun politics of contractors before they’ll even consider doing business with them.

Yes, I know, it doesn’t ban them from bidding. However, it does create a double standard. It doesn’t require anyone to reveal ties to any other entity out there.

They could have strong ties to NAMBLA (link to Wikipedia for anyone unfamiliar with the group. I am not linking to their site), apparently, and the Los Angeles City Council won’t care in the least.

Support a constitutional right, though, and give up your thoughts of city contracts.

Further, it’s likely to have a chilling effect on those who have NRA ties and might be potential contractors for the city.

They’re simply not going to bother bidding on contracts because everyone knows they won’t get them, regardless of how good their bid is.

I’m sorry, but this looks like territory where lawsuits need to be involved.

Political litmus tests like this are wrong on every level and this nonsense needs to be stomped down hard before it takes hold elsewhere.

This proposed new ordinance does seem highly discriminatory and would not likely survive a court challenge.

What do you think about this proposal by the City of Los Angeles to force firms to disclose ties to the NRA?

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