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NRA Sues San Francisco Over 'Terrorist' Designation

'We will never stop fighting,' says Wayne LaPierre
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2019 6:33 AM CDT
National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre speaks at the NRA Annual Meeting of Members in Indianapolis, on April 27, 2019.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

(Newser) – The NRA is upping its fight against San Francisco's Board of Supervisors after the group labeled it a "domestic terrorist organization." A resolution passed Sept. 3 by the board—accusing the NRA of promoting "extremist positions" and inciting "acts of violence"—is intended "to obstruct, chill, deter, and retaliate against the NRA's core political speech," the group says in a lawsuit filed Monday, claiming violation of its first and fourteenth amendment rights. The suit, which names the city and county, asks the US District Court in San Francisco to "step in to instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree," per the San Francisco Chronicle. "We will never stop fighting for our law-abiding members and their constitutional freedoms," NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre tells CNN.

The resolution introduced by San Francisco Supervisor Catherine Stefani asks the city and county to limit "financial and contractual relationships" with vendors who have ties to the group. But "members and supporters will suffer irrecoverable loss and irreparable harm if [they] are unable to obtain government contracts … or if the NRA is deprived of vendor, contractor, member or donor relationships," the lawsuit reads. It further notes "financial institutions have expressed reluctance to provide bank accounts for disfavored political groups." Stefani clearly isn't moved: "The NRA is a terrorist organization that isn't succeeding at much of anything: they're dealing with dwindling membership, financial troubles, and a Russian spy scandal." Mayor London Breed has until Friday to sign, not sign, or veto the resolution, which follows a mass shooting near the city. (Read more NRA stories.)

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