The NRA is suing the city of San Francisco after it declared the association a “domestic terrorist organization.”
On Monday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) filed a lawsuit against San Francisco following the city’s recent resolution declaring the gun-rights organization a “domestic terrorist organization.” San Francisco passed the resolution under the conclusion that the NRA is tied to the number of recent mass shootings and states the org willingly misleads the public about the dangers of gun violence.
The NRA filed the document in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, which accuses city officials of violating gun lobby’s free speech rights for political reasons and claims the city is looking to blacklist people who are associated with the NRA. It goes on to request the court to step in “to instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree.”
NRA lawyer, William A. Brewer III, says the city’s move is an insult. “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.”