The LA City Council may face legal action after they unanimously passed an ordinance that requires businesses to disclose their ties to the NRA.
The council passed the vote on Tuesday that requires companies to submit an affidavit that shows contracts or subsidies they have with the organization.
According to Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who introduced the bill, the NRA has “been a road block to gun safety reform at every level of government now for several decades.”
Many other council members and gun control activists were very outspoken about the need for transparency, but only in the case of businesses working for the NRA.
“I do think that it’s important for us on this council to send a message as to … what our values are and the type of people that we want to do business with,” said Council President Herb Wesson to the Los Angeles Times.
Margot Bennett, the executive director of Women Against Gun Violence, also said it was important to see what businesses were partnering with the NRA in order to ensure that they have the same values.
“Let’s take a look at who we’re doing businesses with who is doing business with the NRA,” said Bennett.
However, some are speaking out against the ordinance. Studio City Neighborhood Council sent a statement to the city council saying that while “stakeholders are concerned about gun violence,” targeting the NRA “smacks of politics, makes little sense and could result in unwanted legal costs.”
“Politicians are free to disagree with the NRA’s pro-freedom, firearm safety, and self-reliance message, 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,” said NRA attorney Chuck Michel. “This is modern day McCarthyism, and my clients are confident no judge will let it stand.”