The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has declared the National Rifle Association (NRA) a “domestic terrorist organization.”
On Tuesday, the board signed off on a resolution that now categorizes the NRA as a domestic terrorist organization after finding that it is connected to an “epidemic of gun violence” in the U.S.” The resolution goes on to caution San Fran citizens to avoid the organization completely by looking into local vendors’ and contractors’ relationship to the NRA. USA Today reports that it also advises the local government should no longer do business with the NRA or other companies associated with it.
“The National Rifle Association spreads propaganda that misinforms and aims to deceive the public about the dangers of gun violence,” the resolution reads. On Wednesday, Supervisor Catherine Stefani, who sponsored the resolution, told USA TODAY that examiners will be looking into San Francisco’s relationship with the NRA; the move is an effort to make room for legislation at the local, state or federal level. The designation of a domestic terrorist organization is justified because the NRA’s opposition to gun control is “standing in the way of saving lives,” Stefani said.
She said the resolution calls the “absolutely disgraceful” organization “out for what they really are.” The resolution says 100 Americans are killed daily by gun violence, making the U.S.’s gun homicide rate 25 times higher than any other “high-income” country.