San Francisco Turns-Tail & Runs: Facing a Lawsuit by the NRA

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San Francisco Backs Down: Facing a Lawsuit by the NRA, Mayor Breed Declares – We Won’t Blacklist NRA Contractors

NRA Owns San Francisco
The National Rifle Association declared victory in San Francisco after Mayor London Breed formally disavowed key provisions of a municipal resolution that signaled the blacklisting of contractors linked to the 2A group.

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- The National Rifle Association of America declared victory in San Francisco today, after Mayor London Breed formally disavowed key provisions of a municipal resolution that signaled the blacklisting of contractors linked to the Second Amendment advocacy group.

On September 3, 2019, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, which is the legislative body for the City and County of San Francisco, unanimously approved a resolution that called for the City to investigate ties between its contractors and vendors and the NRA.  The city declared the NRA was a “domestic terrorist organization.” Not surprisingly, the NRA sued.

On September 9, 2019, less than a week after the resolution was enacted, the NRA challenged it as government action adversely affecting its First Amendment rights. In its filing, the NRA called the resolution a “blacklisting” measure, and urged San Francisco’s federal court to “step in and instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree.”

Late last week, rather than await “instruction” from a court, San Francisco Mayor London Breed backed down.  In a formal memorandum to City officials, she declared that “no [municipal] department will take steps to restrict any contractor from doing business with the NRA or to restrict City contracting opportunities for any business that has any relationship with the NRA.”

“Through these actions and our public advocacy, we hope the message is now clear,” says NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. “The NRA will always fight to protect our members and the constitutional freedoms in which they believe.”

The NRA is represented in its lawsuit by William A. Brewer III and Sarah Rogers of Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors, along with Garman Turner Gordon LLP.

“The memo serves as a clear concession and a well-deserved win for the First and Second Amendments of the United States Constitution,” says William A. Brewer III, partner at Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors and counsel for the NRA. “It is unfortunate that in today’s polarized times, some elected officials would rather silence opposing arguments than engage in good-faith debate. The NRA – America’s oldest civil rights organization – won’t stand for that.”

The NRA’s challenge to a similar ordinance in Los Angeles remains pending.  Last month, the city’s motion to dismiss was denied in its entirety by federal district judge Stephen V. Wilson, who found that the NRA had stated a clear First Amendment claim.


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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

So, now when the bully is confronted. she backs down. S.F. had to know they did not have a legal leg to stand on when they came up with this tactic to scare/threaten citizens and companies retribution is they associated with the N R.A. These are literally the tactics of a bully. It is just another example of government run amok. The fact is that the right of the people to keep and bare arms shall not be infringed and it is only those who are misinformed or are outright evil who oppose it. Arm up, carry on.

tomcat
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tomcat

So this attorney, Brewer, is speaking out for gun rights. I guess the very huge paychecks he gets from the NRA compels him to speak out of both sides of his mouth. A democrat supporter speaking for gun rights, something smells very bad here.

Will
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Will

@tomcat,everything about the NRA has smelled like shit the last few years.

tomcat
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tomcat

@ Will, you got that right but I keep in mind that they have done it all with our money.

Will
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Will

@tomcat,our membership money has made LaPierre a multi-millionaire too !

SGT_Wombat
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SGT_Wombat

Did SF undeclare the NRA as “a domestic terrorist organization?” Or are they still terrorists, but you can do business with them?

Get Out
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Get Out

IMOA, NRA has to re-earn the respect of it’s 4 million’ish members. Instead of continual NRA bashing from current or former members, let the NRA know we appreciate these efforts to curb the anti-gun buffoons from character assassination and their attempts to blacklist our supporters. WE have remember some of these contractors could be NRA members and just escaped discrimination because they are NRA members. We have to also remember who’s next in line to be targeted, GOA, SAF, JPFO, NAGR etc.?

Idaho Bob
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Idaho Bob

Calling this a victory is like buying a $20 scratch lottery ticket and winning five bucks. Sure, you won but it cost you $20 to win $5. You’er down $15, that’s a loss. The same with San Franferryco, they labeled the NRA and it’s members terrorist, than backed down. The damage is done, but the NRA won. That’s more of a loss than a win to me.

TexDad
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TexDad

So the oppressive “resolution” is still in place, but the city just won’t take official action that will affect the NRA’s ability to raise funds? How is that a win?

Will
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Will

It’s not !

james
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james

Will they obtain a membership list and put us on the No Fly List?

Will
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Will

Only if the NRA would be stupid enough to give the membership list to them.

james
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james

Should be class action because they consider the membership terrorists.

Bill
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Bill

Funny how the NRA an put a quick stop to anything that will stop them from making money, BECAUSE ITS ILLEGAL, but just cant seem to stop all of the ILLEGAL assaults on our 2ndA.

Ned2
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Ned2

Hit the nail on the head, Bill.
This story does nothing to my disavowing the NRA.

Will
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Will

@USA,well put !

Knute
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Knute

Sorry, but I don’t see the victory here. The NRA is STILL officially listed as a terrorist organization by San Francisco, are they not? All I hear is an official saying; “no [municipal] department will take steps to restrict any contractor from doing business with the NRA”, AT THIS TIME. Am I incorrect?

Will
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Will

@Knute,I haven’t heard anything about the SF BOS rescinding any of their bullshit in that resolution either.

JMR
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JMR

If only the NRA fought as hard for gun rights and the 2a as it did to protect its name.

Will
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Will

@JMR,scumbag LaPierre has never fought for the 2A,regardless of the bullshit Harold tries to feed us. The SOB has become a multi-millionaire off of our membership dues,not fighting for our 2A civil rights and freedoms. Join GOA !

Nam62
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Nam62

If the NRA had fought this hard when I lived in Kalif. I would still be a NRA member.

Will
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Will

Nam62,watch how hard they fight in Washington and NY. They are begging former members for money,for problems that scumbag LaPierre and his criminal conspirators BOD created.

Will
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Will

JOIN GOA ! The only no-compromise gun lobby in Washington !

Dr. Strangelove
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Dr. Strangelove

That’s what they tell you, but the Second Amendment Foundation has been around longer, has had more court victories and doesn’t ask for money all the time.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@Strange, Join them, both!

Will
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Will

The 2AF has not been around longer ! GOA has been around since ‘75 !

Will
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Will

What are a couple of 2AF court victories ?