Federal district court judge Stephen Wilson ordered the city of Los Angeles to pay the NRA’s lawyer fees of approximately $150,000, just months after he ruled a city ordinance violated the NRA’s First Amendment rights.

Wilson ruled on the First Amendment violation on December 11, 2019, in National Rifle Association of America et al v. City of Los Angeles, which was heard in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

The case centered on City Ordinance 18600, which required “a perspective contractor of the City to disclose all contracts with or sponsorship of the National Rifle Association.”

The LA City Council passed the Ordinance in February 2019. At that time, the Los Angeles Times quoted Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, saying, “[The NRA has] been a road block to gun safety reform at every level of government now for several decades.”

The Ordinance said, “The City of Los Angeles has enacted ordinances and adopted positions that promote gun safety and sensible gun ownership. The City’s residents deserve to know if the City’s public funds are spent on contractors that have contractual or sponsorship ties with the NRA. Public funds provided to such contractors undermines the City’s efforts to legislate and promote gun safety…”

The NRA argued the Ordinance violated First Amendment and Fourteen Amendments rights by creating a situation where contractors were afraid to speak their mind for fear of forfeiture of contracts on which their livelihood depended. The NRA also contended the Ordinance turned free speech into “government-compelled speech.”

Wilson responded by ruling in favor of the NRA, granting a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the Ordinance.

On Tuesday, September 29, 2020, Wilson followed up by ordering the city of Los Angeles to pay the NRA’s attorney fees. The Washington Beacon reported the attorney’s fee “totaled nearly $150,000.”

5 thoughts on “NRA Destroys California”
  1. This decision is great as far as it goes. However, this decision does nothing to dissuade future infringement of our Constitutional rights. Had the Court found the LA City Council members PERSONALY liable for the NRA’s legal fees, perhaps this might give them pause when they consider future ordinances. As it stands, the City’s liability insurance will be tapped and the result will be higher insurance premiums to be paid via taxation of the city’s residents. Qualified immunity for public SERVANTS must be struck down, they must be held accountable for their actions, just like the rest of us.

    Best of Luck

  2. Public disclosure is not a loss of rights. Government entities need to disclose these things. The NRA is just too big for their own britches and needs to be knocked down a few pegs.

  3. Awesome judge he stands by the Constitution. We need more like him this is so awesome, and I thought all doj’s were corrupt but this one happens to be a constitutionalist. Like I said we need more like this one who follows the law of our Constitution. Thank you Sir.

  4. Destroys? You mean, the NRA took California’s last $150K?
    When’s the auction? I want Yosemite.

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