NRA Wins Case Against Los Angeles County

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The 9th Circuit sided with the NRA-ILA on Thursday when it struck down a Los Angeles County order closing gun shops during the pandemic. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(  The Ninth Circuit sided with the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) on Thursday when it struck down a Los Angeles County order that forced gun stores and shooting ranges to close in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. NRA-ILA originally challenged this order in March of 2020 and filed an appeal a year later.

“The court today rightfully recognized that Los Angeles County violated Second Amendment rights when it shut down gun stores and ranges in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Michael Jean, NRA’s director of the Office of Litigation Counsel. “This is an important decision. It ensures that California — or any state — cannot use a crisis to trample on the Constitutional rights of citizens.”

The decision highlights that these orders, which prevented the exercise of basic constitutional rights like acquiring and practicing with firearms, could have been “perpetually extended if the County so decided.”

Given the current state of the world and the periodic resurgence of COVID-19 continuing to affect daily life, this decision ensures that states cannot restrict the fundamental rights of Americans for any reason. In this spirit, the decision concludes by citing Justice Gorsuch’s words: “Even in times of crisis—perhaps especially in times of crisis—we have a duty to hold governments to the Constitution.”

NRA-ILA also challenged overbearing COVID-19 restrictions in New Mexico and New York. In addition to Los Angeles County, NRA-ILA challenged four additional counties in northern California.

The case is captioned Martinez v. Villanueva. NRA-ILA was joined by local gun stores and ranges, the California Gun Rights Foundation, the Firearms Policy Coalition, and the Second Amendment Foundation in this lawsuit.

About NRA-ILA:

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

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Good to hear that Gun supporters WON! NOW! How much money was awarded to the stores AND gun ranges for LOSS OF WAGES and INCOME!?!?!?!?!?


“…this decision ensures that states cannot restrict the fundamental rights of Americans for any reason.”
EVERY California gun law “restricts the fundamental rights of Americans.”
Thanks NRA, for a hollow victory.

Last edited 4 months ago by tsimpson

For all its occasional bad press, the NRA does go about the business of fighting unconstitutional restrictions on guns and their owners.


YEP! They do occasionally win. Of times they(taking a small part) take the credit of other gun groups. And yes, I agree the NRA is needed.


and people who made rule need to be charged under title 18 ,and fined personally, until it hurts them at home wont stop