NRA Sues San Francisco Over ‘Terrorist’ Label

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The National Rifle Association sued the city and county of San Francisco and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for declaring it a domestic terrorist organization, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. In the lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, the NRA claims that the city and the Board of Supervisors “adopted a new government policy: blacklist anyone linked to the NRA.” The group argues that the resolution violates the organization’s first and fourteenth amendment rights. The NRA called the resolution “obviously unconstitutional,” comparing it to actions by the state of New York and city of Los Angeles.

“Regrettably, this Court, too must step in to instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree,” the NRA urged, saying that some of its members “have risked everything to protect Americans from terrorism.” The NRA said that the resolution’s terrorist designation “is a frivolous insult—but San Francisco’s actions pose a non-frivolous constitutional threat.” The lawsuit seeks to stop San Francisco officials from “interfering” in the NRA’s exercise of rights, assessing the relationships businesses have with the NRA and potentially taking action against them, and enforcing the resolution that was passed on September 4.

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