San Francisco sued by ‘ter­ror­ist’ NRA

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The Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion (NRA) sued San Francisco on Mon­day af­ter the re­cent dec­la­ra­tion by the city’s Board of Su­per­vi­sors that the NRA is a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion, me­dia re­ported.

The suit also claimed that the move by San Francisco’s Board of Su­per­vi­sors to limit city agen­cies from work­ing with com­pa­nies do­ing busi­ness with the NRA was ef­fec­tively a black­list, the San Francisco Chron­i­cle and other me­dia re­ported.

It comes af­ter height­ened de­bate in the US fol­low­ing a spate of dev­as­tat­ing mass shoot­ings, in­clud­ing one last month at an El Paso Wal­mart in which 22 peo­ple were killed and about 24 wounded in the city near the Us-mex­ico bor­der.

The NRA, a gun club and gun rights lob­by­ing group with deep political in­flu­ence, al­leged in the suit that the city was vi­o­lat­ing its free speech rights for political rea­sons, the me­dia re­ports said.

“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,” Wayne Lapierre, the group’s chief executive of­fi­cer, said in a state­ment.

How­ever, Su­per­vi­sor Cather­ine Ste­fani of the San Francisco board, who in­tro­duced the mea­sure, said she be­lieved their ac­tion would stand up in court, ac­cord­ing to The New York Times.

The suit asks the court to “in­struct elected of­fi­cials that free­dom of speech means you can­not si­lence or pun­ish those with whom you dis­agree,” the Washington Post re­ported.

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