A Judge Temporarily Protects the NRA’s First Amendment Rights
The front has widened against our constitutionally protected freedoms. In New York and California, the NRA is fighting for its First and Second Amendment rights as legislators attempt to discourage private companies from doing business with the NRA.
In the latest legal battle in this struggle, a federal judge on Dec. 11 blocked enforcement of a Los Angeles law that requires companies bidding for city contracts to disclose any ties they have with the NRA.
The NRA requested the preliminary injunction. It was granted by U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson in Los Angeles. This injunction temporarily prohibits Los Angeles from making companies speak—courts have long held that the government can’t force speech.
“Public funds provided to such contractors undermines the city’s efforts to legislate and promote gun safety,” says the Los Angeles’ ordinance.
Clearly, city officials aren’t simply trying to force this speech for their own edification. As the law states, they intend to discriminate against any company that has done any business with the NRA.
Next, might the city demand to know if employees are NRA members so they then can then discriminate against people individually?
The NRA argues that the law obviously violates the First Amendment’s right to free speech and association and the 14th Amendment’s right to equal protection; in fact, Chuck Michel, an attorney representing the NRA, referred to this ordinance as “modern-day McCarthyism.”
It an attempt to use the government to punish a civil-liberties association they don’t happen to favor. If a different group of politicians opted to use this same tactic to prevent government employees from working with the ACLU or any other group based purely on ideological grounds, would these Los Angeles officials think that a good thing?
New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) has tried similar tactics. Cuomo used the state’s regulatory authorities to pressure the banks and insurance companies it regulates in an attempt to make them stop doing business with the NRA.
“We must push further to ensure that gun safety is a top priority for every individual, company, and organization that does business across the state,” Cuomo said in a press release. “I am directing the Department of Financial Services to urge insurers and bankers statewide to determine whether any relationship they may have with the NRA or similar organizations sends the wrong message.”
The state’s Department of Financial Services then sent out letters telling companies they’d face “reputational risk” if they did any business with the NRA.
Again, imagine if a conservative governor decided to target progressive groups like this. The mainstream media would rightly be outraged.
An NRA lawsuit against Cuomo and the New York State Department of Financial Services is still ongoing. We’ll keep you posted as the NRA continues to fight for your freedom.
Article by Amricas 1st freedom