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NRA Incensed Over Move by San Francisco

City's board of supervisors labels group a 'domestic terrorist organization'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2019 7:20 AM CDT
City Labels NRA 'Domestic Terrorist Organization'
National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre speaks at the NRA Annual Meeting of Members in Indianapolis, Saturday, April 27, 2019.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The NRA has plenty of critics, but San Francisco's board of supervisors just one-upped them all. The board on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution labeling the gun rights group a "domestic terrorist organization," reports the BBC. The measure cites the recent mass shootings in the US—including one at a garlic festival near San Francisco—and says the National Rifle Association not only uses its money and clout to advocate for gun ownership but also to block research into gun violence and to "incite gun owners to acts of violence." It also accuses the NRA of promoting "extremist positions, in defiance of the views of a majority of its membership and the public." The 11-member board said the city would reassess its relationship with vendors who have business ties to this "domestic terrorist organization," per the Washington Post.

An NRA spokeswoman dismissed the move as "just another worthless and disgusting 'sound-bite remedy' to the violence epidemic gripping our nation," per the New York Times. It's a "reckless assault on a law-abiding organization," added Amy Hunter. Supervisor Catherine Stefani, who introduced the measure, said it was necessary to begin countering the "negative impact" of the NRA on society. "They should reasonably know by now that they are fueling the hate fire in this country," she said. "People are dying, and they continue to stand in the way of reform." (The move comes amid a period of internal turmoil at the NRA.)

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