January 31, 2020 / 9:58 PM / 16 days ago

NRA drops challenge to Los Angeles disclosure law following repeal

(Reuters) - The National Rifle Association agreed on Friday to end its lawsuit challenging a Los Angeles law that had required city contractors to disclose their ties to the gun rights group, after the Los Angeles City Council repealed the law.

In a joint filing, lawyers for the NRA and Los Angeles asked U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson to transform his Dec. 11 preliminary injunction against enforcement into a permanent injunction, following the Jan. 21 repeal.

Wilson had said the NRA was likely to show that the law, which required companies seeking business with the city to reveal NRA contracts and sponsorships, violated its free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

The NRA agreed not to seek damages and will negotiate how much Los Angeles will pay toward its legal bills. The Los Angeles law had taken effect last April 1.

In November, the NRA ended its lawsuit against San Francisco over being called a domestic terrorist organization by city officials, after the officials said they were simply criticizing the group.

The NRA is also suing New York’s Department of Financial Services and Governor Andrew Cuomo, saying they violated its rights to free speech by pushing insurers and state-chartered banks to send their business elsewhere.

Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Dan Grebler

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