California federal judge blocks enforcement of law banning publication of home addresses of state legislators

A federal district judge ruled that a gun owners group could publish the home addresses and telephone numbers of California legislators who favored restrictive gun laws. (U.S. News & World Report, February 28, 2917, by Don Thompson of the Associated Press)

The ruling blocked the enforcement of a state law restricting access to the contact information in the interests of promoting the safety of government officials. Legislators for gin control reported threats received via social media. Judge Lawrence O’Neill said the law would probably violate the First Amendment. He determined that the state law was content-based, that the information was of public interest, and that the law was “not narrowly tailored to serve its underlying interests.” (The Washington Post, February 28, 2017, by Eugene Volokh)