Striking back, the National Rifle Association has sued San Francisco over the city and county’s declaration that the Second Amendment organization is a “domestic terrorist organization.”
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday, after last week the city and county of San Francisco and its Board of Supervisors designated the NRA a domestic terrorist organization.
The NRA lawsuit says the city is discriminating against people “based on the viewpoint of their political speech.”
This, according to the lawsuit, is an attempt to curb the NRA’s free speech rights, and is a way to blacklist anyone in the city who is associated with the NRA through membership. The resolution also encourages other city and county governments and the federal government to also blacklist the NRA as a terrorist organization.
The lawsuit asks the court to “to instruct elected officials that freedom of speech means you cannot silence or punish those with whom you disagree.”
San Francisco Mayor London Breed has not signed yet signed the resolution, but it would take effect within 10 days if she doesn’t sign it or veto it.
Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the NRA, said that the organization’s 5 million members are not terrorists. After gun rights are attacked, the NRA usually sees a spike in membership.
The NRA annual report distributed earlier this year showed that dues went from $128,209,303 in 2017 to $170,391,374 in 2018, a 33 percent increase year over year. During the same period contributions rose from $132,879,299 to $165,075,288 for an increase of 24 percent.