LOS ANGELES CITY HALL - The City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance, a first for any municipality, directing prospective City contractors to disclose ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and any of its subsidiaries.
Councilmember O'Farrell originally introduced the legislation in September of 2018. The policy highlights the violent extremism of the NRA leadership, and seeks to publicly disclose any financial relations between the NRA and its subsidiaries who wish to do business with the City of Los Angeles.
“As we remember the horrible shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida one year ago, we must continue to keep in mind that the NRA spends millions of dollars at every level of government to block any type of gun safety legislation,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “Our residents deserve transparency related to any ties the NRA may have to the City of Los Angeles.”
The ordinance will require contractors, through a signed affidavit, the disclosure of connections with the gun lobby. As Chair of the City’s Budget and Finance Committee, Councilmember Paul Krekorian also worked on the policy.
“Every day in America, thousands of lives are cut short or changed forever by gun violence,” said Councilmember Krekorian. “People are fed up with the carnage, and they can no longer sit idly by and ignore this epidemic. We've seen an incredible surge in activism since the tragic shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School last February -- people across the nation are organizing to demand action and shift America's gun politics. But the NRA continues to spend millions of dollars to influence the democratic process and thwart common sense gun safety reforms that would keep the public safe. Los Angeles has always led the way on gun safety issues, and this ordinance will provide transparency about those who abet the deceitful practices of the gun lobby.”
Prior to the unanimous vote, gun safety advocates joined O’Farrell on the South Lawn Steps to draw attention to the landmark legislation. More than 100 pairs of shoes were displayed on the steps of City Hall to represent the number of people killed every day due to guns (source: Giffords Law Center).
“Los Angeles City residents have elected a city council that cares about gun violence prevention,” said Margot Bennett, Executive Director, Women Against Gun Violence. “We are taxpayers and care about where our money is spent and if it goes to groups that have partnered with an organization that doesn’t care about gun violence prevention -- in opposition to what our City stands for – we want to know!”
In January 2019 alone, there were 27 mass shootings in the United States (source)
Other gun safety advocates present at City Hall on Tuesday: Moms Demand Action, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Brady Campaign, Equality California, and the Stonewall Democratic Club.