NRA Sues San Francisco For Defamation After Being Branded a 'Terrorist' Outfit
The California 'sanctuary city' for illegal aliens faces lawsuit
The National Rifle Association is suing the city of San Francisco after it alleged its leaders branded the group a "domestic terrorist organization."
A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco said the city violated the NRA's First Amendment speech rights, moving to “blacklist anyone linked to the N.R.A," the New York Times reported.
Supervisor Catherine Stefani of the San Francisco board said the suit would likely be thrown out due to the resolution being "nonbinding," the Times reported.
“It’s a resolution, it’s not an ordinance," she said.
"This is a desperate move by a desperate organization."
Liberal officials in San Francisco declared the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) a "Domestic Terrorist Organization," earlier this month.
The California "sanctuary city" for illegal aliens - a place overwhelmed with a homeless crisis, drug abuse, and people defecating on sidewalks decided to focus its attention on battling the NRA.
The city's Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the resolution on Tuesday, urging the rest of the country to "do the same."
San Francisco is accusing the NRA of mustering "its considerable wealth and organizational strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence."
Earlier this month, Stefani introduced said:
“The National Rifle Association spreads propaganda that misinforms and aims to deceive the public about the dangers of gun violence."
“The NRA exists to spread disinformation, and knowingly puts guns into the hands of those who would harm and terrorize us.”
The resolution was passed in response to a pair of mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas.
The resolution, which passed, was in response to a pair of mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas this summer.
The attacks sparked calls for more gun control and demanding President Donald Trump to "stand up" to the NRA and the gun lobby in Washington, D.C.
The NRA's stance against "grabbing" guns from law-abiding citizens to prevent mass shootings is still prevalent.
“This ludicrous stunt by the Board of Supervisors is an effort to distract from the real problems facing San Francisco, such as rampant homelessness, drug abuse, and skyrocketing petty crime, to name a few," it said in a response.
"The NRA will continue working to protect the constitutional rights of all freedom-loving Americans,” it said in a statement following the city's resolution.
The resolution threatened the NRA's bottom line, it says.
“In the face of recent, similar blacklisting schemes,” the lawsuit says.
“Financial institutions have expressed reluctance to provide bank accounts for disfavored political groups, and city contractors fear losing their livelihoods if they support or even work with the N.R.A.”