Los Angeles passed a law whereby all contractors must disclose any and all connections they might have with the NRA. The NRA then filed a suit, claiming that Los Angeles was violating the free speech section of the constitution. LA lawyers claimed that contractors involved with the NRA does not represent “expressive” speech and therefore does not violate the constitution.
However, U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson rejected that opinion and he declared that it definitely was expressive speech and therefore the lawsuit can continue. The judge’s ruling is bad news for LA and could very well mean they have already lost the case unless they can come up with a better excuse. The constitution also guarantees free association, and the new law would seem to violate that clause as well.
A federal judge Monday ruled that a lawsuit against Los Angeles by the National Rifle Association (NRA) over the city’s contractor disclosure law can proceed.
U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson rejected the city’s argument that contractors involved with the NRA does not represent “expressive” speech, and therefore not protected by the First Amendment as NRA attorneys contend.
“That is rejected,” Wilson said at the hearing Monday, according to Bloomberg. “It is expressive, so there is a First Amendment issue.”
The NRA did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
The new law, which passed by a unanimous city council vote in February and took effect April 1, requires city vendors to disclose all ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA), according to a report by National Public Radio (NPR). Contractors who don’t comply may have city work terminated.