On Monday, the NRA sued San Francisco city and county over the resolution declaring that the NRA was a “domestic terrorist organization.” (Fox) The suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (case# 19-CV-5669). The NRA is hoping that the court will “instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree.” [Somebody tell Big Tech the same thing.]
The San Francisco resolution has no actual legal power, but it does have a demonstrable effect on the public. It was an attempt to force (by extortion) firms that do business with the NRA to stop. Basically it’s an attempt to blacklist any companies that associate themselves with the NRA.
The NRA suit also warns against “reasonably expected chilling effects.”
Accusing the San Francisco board of using “McCarthyist elements” in an attempt to silence it and carry out a political vendetta, the NRA says the resolution “would chill a person of ordinary firmness from continuing to speak against gun control, or from associating… with the NRA.”
NRA Sued San Francisco – will it work?
The California courts are notoriously liberal in most cases, so whether this lawsuit will produce the intended result is a question. The NRA may have to take their lawsuit all the way to the US Supreme Court. San Francisco’s attempt to bankrupt the organization comes at a time when Californians are swimming in a plethora of gun control laws… many of them brand new, as we previously reported.
The number of California members of the NRA reportedly is around 500,000, but the actual number is unknown. The NRA stated that their total United States membership is at 5 million, but a Pew Research poll put it at 14 million because about 19% of American gun owners claim to be members, even if it’s just a ‘show of support.’ They have typically partnered with the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) to oppose certain bills.
It does not appear as though opposing any bills in anti-gun California does much good at this point. Let’s hope the court sees the stupidity in the actions of San Francisco.
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