Judge Forces LA to Pay the NRA’s Legal Fees after Unconstitutional Ordinance Struck Down

When it comes to gun laws California is probably the worst in the nation. They are constantly infringing on people’s second amendment rights and it has been a struggle in the courts to get them reinstated. Not too long ago, California’s magazine ban was struck down and now a Los Angeles city ordinance has as well, but in the case of the latter, the city has to pay.

Konstantine Anthony, dressed as a historical militia member, during The People’s Rally Against Gun Violence at Pershing Square Park in downtown Los Angeles, Monday.The organization Drain The NRA, held the event in light of the recent Florida mass school shooting. (Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

According to the Blaze, Judge Stephen Wilson ruled this week that city officials in Los Angeles must pay the National Rifle Association a settlement to the tune of $150K after violating the gun-rights group’s First Amendment rights.

The ordinance in question would have forced companies to disclose connections with the NRA in order to receive government contracts.

Wilson ruled that “the text of the Ordinance, the Ordinance’s legislative history, and the concurrent public statements made by the Ordinance’s primary legislative sponsor evince a strong intent to suppress the speech of the NRA.”

“Even though the Ordinance only forces disclosure of activity that may not be expressive, the clear purpose of the disclosure is to undermine the NRA’s explicitly political speech,” Wilson added.

“The City has no interest in the suppression of political advocacy — regardless of how distasteful it finds the content,” he concluded. “The Ordinance is therefore incompatible with the Constitution, and Plaintiffs are likely to be successful on the merits of their First Amendment speech claims.”

“This is an important win for the NRA, our members, and all who believe in America’s constitutional freedoms,” the NRA’s managing director of public affairs, Andrew Arulanandam, told the Free Beacon. “The ruling sends a powerful message to those government officials who would take any actions that are adverse to the NRA because they dislike its political speech.”

There is no word if the city of Los Angeles will appeal the ruling.