FOR THE RECORD
Federal Judge Blocks Enforcement of Los Angeles Law Targeting the NRA
DECEMBER 11, 2019 — U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson today granted a preliminary injunction that blocks enforcement of a Los Angeles law requiring contractors seeking to do business with the city to disclose ties to the NRA.
Judge Wilson said that the NRA was likely to show that the law violated its constitutional First Amendment right to free speech and would cause irreparable harm.
Chuck Michel, a lawyer for the NRA, called the law "part of a larger unfounded campaign of shame against the NRA and its message" by politicians opposed to its views on gun rights, including the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
"The First Amendment protects people who believe in the Second Amendment," Michel said in an interview.
“This is an important win for the NRA, our members, and all who believe in America’s constitutional freedoms,” says Andrew Arulanandam. “In a strong rebuke of the city’s actions, the ordinance is banned from taking effect. Coupled with the NRA’s recent victory against the City of San Francisco, 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.”
NRA Withdraws Lawsuit in San Francisco; Celebrates Important Legal Victory
NOVEMBER 7, 2019 — The NRA today withdrew its lawsuit against San Francisco — and now celebrates the important victory it obtained on behalf of its members.
"As has been widely reported, after the Association challenged the unconstitutional resolution, the City beat a hasty retreat and backed down from its wildly illegal blacklisting scheme," says William A. Brewer III, partner at Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors and counsel to the NRA. “The censors are on notice. The NRA will always fight for the Constitution, and will re-file if the City tries anything like this in the future."
NRA Achieves Victory in Lawsuit Against Former NRA President Lt. Col. Oliver North
OCTOBER 10, 2019 — On October 10, 2019, the NRA achieved a victory in its lawsuit against former NRA President Lt. Col. Oliver North, when the New York Supreme Court dismissed, with prejudice, North's demands for indemnification from the NRA.
In response to the New York Supreme Court ruling, NRA outside counsel William A. Brewer III stated, "This decision is a resounding win for the NRA in its dispute with Lt. Col. North. The NRA always viewed the position of Lt. Col. North as a misguided attempt to deflect from the cold reality: he played a central role in a corrupt scheme that actually caused many of the issues for which he sought indemnification.”
Brewer added, “The NRA will continue to hold Lt. Col. North and others accountable for actions taken in pursuit of their own self-interests. The Association will stay on the principled path – in support of its Constitutional freedoms and those of the millions of members it serves.”
OCTOBER 1, 2019 — The NRA declared victory in San Francisco today, after Mayor London Breed formally disavowed key provisions of a municipal resolution that signaled the blacklisting of contractors linked to the Second Amendment advocacy group.
In a formal memorandum to City officials, Mayor Breed declared that “no [municipal] department will take steps to restrict any contractor from doing business with the NRA or to restrict City contracting opportunities for any business that has any relationship with the NRA.”
San Francisco Backs Down: Facing a Lawsuit by the NRA, Mayor London Breed Declares – We Won’t Blacklist NRA Contractors
NRA Responds to Report by Senate Finance Committee Democrats
SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 — The NRA responded today to a report issued by Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee regarding the NRA and Russia.
“This report promotes a politically motivated and contrived narrative. An avalanche of proof confirms that the NRA, as an organization, was never involved in the activities about which the Democrats write,” says William A. Brewer III, counsel to the NRA. “This report goes to great lengths to try to involve the NRA in activities of private individuals and create the false impression that the NRA did not act appropriately. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
Brewer continued, “As noted by the committee Republicans in their rebuttal, this report is a transparent effort to justify yet another ‘fishing expedition’ into the NRA.”
Speaking of a 2015 trip to Russia, Andrew Arulanandam, NRA managing director of Public Affairs, said, “Certain NRA members made the trip of their own accord. The record reflects it was not an official NRA trip. NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre was opposed to it and, at his directive, no NRA staff members or employees attended.”
SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 — The NRA released the following statement from NRA CEO and EVP Wayne LaPierre in connection with the NRA's lawsuit, filed September 9, 2019, against the City and County of San Francisco and members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
“This lawsuit comes with a message to those who attack the NRA: we will never stop fighting for our law-abiding members and their constitutional freedoms,” says LaPierre. “Some politicians forget that all 5 million of us in the NRA stand for freedom and that we believe it is a cause worth fighting for. We will always confront illegal and discriminatory practices against our organization and the millions of members we serve.”