A blog called therealwritewinger originally posted home addresses and phone numbers for 40 state lawmakers who supported gun laws last year.
"The only way for a tyrant to have their name removed from the tyrant registry is to pass laws which repeal the laws that got them added to the list, or upon the tyrant’s death,” the post said, according to court documents.
Lawmakers soon reported receiving threats. Citing a state law, their attorneys ordered the information taken down.
"I can certainly see why people would be troubled by that," says UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, an attorney hired by the Firearms Policy Coalition to sue. "But before you restrict speech, even in an attempt to try to prevent some people from misusing that speech, you need a very demanding showing."
The state law does not require lawmakers prove threats, and the judge says it’s likely unconstitutional.
The judge's order Monday is the second blocking a state law on First Amendment grounds within a week. Last Wednesday, a judge blocked a new state law that would have required the Internet Movie Database, IMDb, to remove actors’ ages from its site.
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