The National Rifle Association is suing the city of San Francisco after the city designated them a “domestic terrorist organization.”
In a resolution passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the pro-gun, pro-Second Amendment organization was said to be “a domestic terrorist organization’ whose advocacy is a direct cause of arming individuals who would and have committed acts of terrorism.”
Reuters reports NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said the city’s designation was wrongfully applied and acts as a blacklist for local businesses.
“This lawsuit comes with a message to those who attack the NRA: We will never stop fighting for our law-abiding members and their constitutional freedoms,” LaPierre said in a statement.
In the lawsuit, the NRA is asking the court to “instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree.”
And: “The Resolution does not try to hide its animus towards the NRA’s political speech, nor its animating purpose: to remove the NRA from the gun control debate.”
“The NRA’s nearly five million members include countless military veterans, first responders, and law enforcement officers who have risked everything to protect Americans from terrorism,” the suit continues, per BizPac Review. “Therefore, the Resolution’s ‘terrorist’ designation is a frivolous insult — but San Francisco’s actions pose a non-frivolous constitutional threat.”
NRA lawyer William A. Brewer similarly said the designation was “an assault on all advocacy organizations across the country. Fortunately, the NRA — like all U.S. citizens — is protected by the First Amendment.”
Here’s more, from Reuters:
Supervisor Catherine Stefani of the San Francisco board was confident the measure to limit city and county officials working with companies doing business with the NRA would stand up in court, according to the New York Times.
“It’s a resolution, it’s not an ordinance, it’s non-binding,” she told the newspaper.
It requires government officials to “assess the financial and contractual relationships with our vendors and contractors have with [the NRA],” and to “take every reasonable step to limit those entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco.” It does not go into effect unless signed by San Francisco Mayor London Breed.
BizPac Review reports Stephani said she “will do everything I possibly can to call them [the NRA] out on what they are, which is a domestic terrorist organization.”
“The NRA exists to spread disinformation, and knowingly puts guns into the hands of those who would harm and terrorize us,” she added.