NRA V. SAN FRANCISCO

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NRA Drops Lawsuit Against San Francisco, Which Labeled It a 'Terrorist Organization'
San Francisco Chronicle
November 7, 2019
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The National Rifle Association on Thursday backed away from a lawsuit against San Francisco for labeling the gun group as a “domestic terrorist organization,” after city officials made it clear they were only expressing an opinion and not ordering an economic boycott.

The dismissal was far from harmonious though. The NRA said it had forced San Francisco to back down, while the city said it wouldn’t be silenced. READ MORE

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NRA Drops Lawsuit Over San Francisco's 'Terrorist' Label
Associated Press
November 7, 2019

The National Rifle Association has withdrawn its lawsuit against San Francisco over the city's resolution labeling the gun-rights group a "terrorist organization." READ MORE

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NRA Drops Lawsuit Over ‘Terrorist’ Label by San Francisco
Bloomberg
November 7, 2019

The National Rifle Association dropped a lawsuit claiming discrimination over a resolution by San Francisco officials deeming the gun-rights group a “domestic terrorist organization.”

The NRA claimed in a September complaint that the city violated its free-speech rights when the San Francisco board of supervisors adopted a policy of not doing business with the organization. READ MORE

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In a Face-Off With the N.R.A., San Francisco Blinks
New York TImes
October 1, 2019

The city of San Francisco is pulling back from its face-off with the National Rifle Association, weeks after its Board of Supervisors declared the group a domestic terrorist organization. But the N.R.A. said it is not yet prepared to drop a lawsuit it filed against the city in response. 

 

A resolution the board approved on Sept. 3 called for the city’s agencies to limit their relationships with companies that do business with the N.R.A. But Mayor London Breed said in a memo on Sept. 23 that the resolution was not binding, and that it would not change the practices of city agencies. READ MORE

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National Review
October 1, 2019

Remember last month when San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed a resolution declaring the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization and ordered city employees to “take every reasonable step to limit” business interactions with the NRA and its supporters? The one that our David French labeled “a retaliatory public attack on constitutionally protected speech”?

 

The NRA sued, and lo and behold, San Francisco is backing down, before the suit even went to court. READ MORE

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SF Mayor, City Attorney Remind Departments That Anti-NRA Resolution Has No Legal Teeth
San Francisco Chronicle
October 1, 2019

Almost a month after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors declared the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorist organization,” leading the gun rights group to file a lawsuit, Mayor London Breed reminded city staff in a memo that the non-binding resolution does not limit contracts with groups doing business with the pro-Second Amendment organization.

While the resolution drew national attention, it has no legal teeth. Resolutions are merely a statement of values from the Board of Supervisors that cannot change city law. The memo, sent from Breed and the City Attorney’s Office, reminded city officials that the resolution does not impose any new rules. READ MORE

Memo: Resolution Declaring the NRA a Domestic Terrorist Group ‘Did Not Change City Law’
San Francisco Examiner
September 30, 2019

The Board of Supervisors recently declared the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization, but while the resolution touched a nerve among gun rights supporters, it has no effect on city laws or policies, according to a new city memo.

 

The resolution, introduced by Supervisor Catherine Stefani and unanimously approved by the board, calls for The City to investigate what financial ties its contractors and vendors have to the NRA and pressure them to stop doing business with the gun rights group.

But that will apparently not happen.

A joint memo sent to department heads last week from Mayor London Breed and City Attorney Dennis Herrera told department heads that the resolution has no impact on them. READ MORE

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San Francisco Branded the NRA a "Domestic Terrorist Organization." The Gun Rights Lobby is Suing.
The Washington Post
September 10, 2019

The memory of a mass shooting that killed three at the Gilroy Garlic Festival was still fresh in nearby San Francisco when its Board of Supervisors unanimously voted last week to denounce the National Rifle Association. But the city’s leaders took their message a step further, declaring on Sept. 3 that the NRA is a “domestic terrorist organization” and discouraging the city from working with contractors or vendors with ties to the gun rights lobby.

Now the NRA is hitting back with a lawsuit that calls the resolution “obviously unconstitutional,” arguing that targeting gun-friendly vendors and contractors violates their right to free speech. READ MORE

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N.R.A. Files Suit Against San Francisco
The New York Times
September 9, 2019

The National Rifle Association sued San Francisco on Monday, less than a week after the city’s board of supervisors declared the group a terrorist organization and moved to limit relationships with companies that do business with the N.R.A.

The suit alleges that the city is violating the N.R.A.’s First Amendment speech rights and has effectively moved to “blacklist anyone linked to the N.R.A.” In a statement, the N.R.A.’s outside counsel, William A. Brewer III, called the city’s action “an assault on all advocacy organizations across the country.” The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court in San Francisco. READ MORE

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NRA Sues San Francisco Over Terrorist Declaration
Associated Press
September 9, 2019

The National Rifle Association sued San Francisco on Monday over the city’s recent declaration that the gun-rights lobby is a “domestic terrorist organization.”

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, accuses city officials of violating the gun lobby’s free speech rights for political reasons and says the city is seeking to blacklist anyone associated with the NRA. It asks the court to step in “to instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree.” READ MORE

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