NRA suing San Francisco over terrorist declaration

Elias Hubbard
September 10, 2019

Unchecked, San Francisco's measure would have a "chilling effect" on the organization and its members, the NRA said. The group has also faced national boycotts targeting companies associated with the group organized by gun control activists.

On September 4, 2019, Breitbart News reported San Francisco Supervisors' unanimous vote to declare the NRA a "domestic terrorist organization". That sort of inquisition, it says, unconstitutionally compels speech and "would chill a person of ordinary firmness from continuing to speak against gun control, or from associating expressively or commercially with the NRA".

The City and County of San Francisco "should take every reasonable step to assess the financial and contractual relationships our vendors and contractors have with this domestic terrorist organization", the resolution states, and they "should take every reasonable step to limit those entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business with this domestic terrorist organization".

It further states that the city and county of San Francisco should encourage other cities and states to adopt similar positions.

NRA filed its lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Monday, saying "elected officials" can not punish those with whom they politically disagree.

Democrat leaders in Congress on Monday urged President Donald Trump, a favorite of the NRA, to push Republicans to agree to expand background checks, and there have been efforts to make it easier to seize firearms at least temporarily from people who are exhibiting mental health issues.

The resolution accuses the NRA of using its money and influence "to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence", adding that the group "spreads propaganda that misinforms and aims to deceive the public about the dangers of gun violence".

The lawsuit was filed Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. It also notes the mass shooting in July at the Gilroy Garlic Festival south of San Francisco, in which a gunman killed three people, including two children.

In the suit, the NRA called the resolution unconstitutional and "far from original", comparing the city's "unlawful efforts to coerce businesses to cut ties with the NRA" to similar declarations passed in NY state and in Los Angeles. "But just as the Constitution entitles her to criticize and debate the NRA, it forbids her from wielding the powers of her office to suppress or retaliate against the NRA's exercise of its First Amendment rights...."

NRA chief Wayne LaPierre said on Twitter that the suit, which was attached to the tweet, "comes with a message to those who attack the NRA: We will never stop fighting for our law-abiding members and their constitutional freedoms".

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