The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to pass a law that requires companies seeking contracts with the city to disclose any ties to the National Rifle Association (NRA). The move has been heavily criticised as being “1984” like and “considerably Orwellian”.
The Los Angeles Times reported that council member Mitch O’Farrell crafted the ordinance in response to the wave of mass shootings in the U.S. The councilman described the NRA as a “roadblock” to gun law reforms.
The measure passed on Tuesday with a unanimous 14-0 vote.
Attorneys for the NRA have threatened to sue over the ordinance, the Times reported. One lawyer for the organisation told the news outlet that the law could prompt those with ties to the organisation to drop their affiliation out of fear it could cost them business.
Opponents to the law have stated it is in direct violation of the 1st amendment however it passed without contest, the freedom to associate and express your political beliefs without reprise is no longer possible for NRA members in Los Angeles.
The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the city’s attorney informed O’Farrell that the city is on “firm legal ground” with the ordinance.