CA – NRA – NRA and San Francisco mayor spar over ‘terrorist’ resolution

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San Francisco’s mayor has told department heads they cannot investigate the possible ties of city contractors to the National Rifle Association, prompting the gun-rights group to declare victory in its ongoing fight with the liberal city. Mayor London Breed issued the advisory on Sept. 23, a few weeks after the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution labeling the NRA a “domestic terrorist organization” and calling on the city to take steps to assess possible ties between its contractors and the organization. In a memo co-written by the city attorney, Breed wrote that the board can only enact new contracting requirements by ordinance. Resolutions have no legal weight. William A. Brewer III, counsel to the NRA, said Tuesday the memo is a “clear concession” to a lawsuit filed in federal court against the city in response to the resolution. He called the memo a positive development but said the NRA will not withdraw its lawsuit until the resolution is formally revoked. “San Francisco publicly, officially maligned law-abiding NRA members as terrorists and publicly, officially vowed to blacklist them from government work,” he said. City officials, however, say the organization is misinterpreting what the resolution does and is inaccurate in describing the memo as any kind of retreat. John Cote, spokesman for the city attorney’s office, said the resolution was never intended to change any laws. [full article]

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