City contractors must now disclose any ties they might have to the NRA after a motion passed unanimously by the Los Angeles City Council.
The motion, which had a 10-0 vote, does not ban NRA-linked contractors from doing business with the city, only requires them to disclose any contracts or sponsorships.
So…it doesn’t ban them outright, but this is LA. This surely can’t improve business relations.
The motion was written by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. Since it was passed, the next step is for the city attorney to draft an ordinance outlining the new disclosure rules, which will then be voted on by the City Council.
The reasoning behind the motion is apparently “for the sake of transparency”.
As stated in the motion:
“For the sake of transparency, the city’s residents and stakeholders deserve to know how the city’s public funds are being spent, and whether taxpayer funds are being spent on contractors that have contractual or sponsorship ties with the NRA.”
So, does that mean similar actions will be taken against contractors with ties to equally controversial organizations? The NRA can’t be the only group people don’t want their taxes going to.
Should we be expecting similar motions naming Planned Parenthood or Black Lives Matter? Don’t hold your breath.
The Executive Director of Gun Owners of California, Sam Paredes, commented on the motion, stating it was a politically-driven legal method of discrimination.
“There’s no other justification for anything like this. Who or what a contractor supports has no bearing on the quality of work they do to provide a particular service.”
Has LA stepped over the line with this move? Or is this just one of many attacks against gun owners that we have come to expect?
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