NRA sues San Francisco over “terrorist organization” label

NRA sues San Francisco over “terrorist organization” label

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The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit against San Francisco on Monday, after the city passed a resolution designating the non-profit gun rights group a "domestic terrorist organization."

Background: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to declare the NRA as a "domestic terrorist organization," accusing the group of using “its considerable wealth and organization strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence.” The resolution, drafted by San Francisco Supervisor Catherine Stefani, calls on other states to join them in condemning and placing a label on the group.

"I had enough. They continue to stand in the way of gun violence reform and people are dying because of it," said Stefani.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that the label violates the organization's First Amendment rights for political reasons and attempts to "blacklist" any entity tied with the group. It asks the court "to instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree."

NRA's lawyer: "This action is an assault on all advocacy organizations across the country. There can be no place in our society for this manner of behavior by government officials. Fortunately, the NRA, like all U.S. citizens, is protected by the First Amendment," said William A. Brewer III told the Associated Press.

Response: The lawsuit is a "desperate move by a very desperate organization," said Stefani. "I truly believe their time is up."

Mounting pressure: The clash between NRA and San Francisco comes at a time when more politicians are calling for stricter gun laws as a means to prevent mass shootings. House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Schumer sent a letter to President Trump on Monday, urging him to back universal background checks.

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