NRA to drop law­suit over Los An­ge­les dis­clo­sure law

Antelope Valley Press - - NEWS -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — The Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion is drop­ping its law­suit against Los An­ge­les af­ter the city re­pealed a law that re­quired would-be city con­trac­tors to dis­close ties to the gun­rights group, ac­cord­ing to a court fil­ing Fri­day.

Both sides said they have agreed to an in­junc­tion per­ma­nently block­ing en­force­ment of the law and asked a fed­eral judge who tem­po­rar­ily blocked it to va­cate a Feb. 25 trial date.

The law passed last year by the City Coun­cil re­quired firms seek­ing city deals to dis­close any NRA con­tracts or spon­sor­ships with them or their sub­sidiaries.

Coun­cil­man Mitch O’Far­rell pushed for the rules fol­low­ing a spate of U.S. mass shoot­ings, in­clud­ing a Novem­ber 2018 at­tack that killed 12 people at a bar in

Thou­sand Oaks. He said at the time that the NRA had been a “road­block to gun safety re­form” for decades.

The NRA sued, ar­gu­ing that the re­quire­ments vi­o­lated the con­sti­tu­tional First Amend­ment right to free speech and as­so­ci­a­tion and the 14th Amend­ment right to equal pro­tec­tion.

In De­cem­ber, the NRA won a pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion against en­force­ment of the or­di­nance. On Jan. 21, the City Coun­cil voted to re­peal the law.

In the set­tle­ment fil­ing, the NRA said it was sat­is­fied that the city “can­not and shall not re-en­act” the law or any sim­i­lar mea­sure.

The NRA won’t seek dam­ages in the case. The city agreed to ne­go­ti­ate over how much it will pay to­ward the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s le­gal fees and costs.

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