The National Rifle Association is asking a federal court to block San Francisco from blacklisting local businesses who partner with the NRA.
Per Fox Business:
In a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in San Francisco, the NRA accused the city and county, along with 11 members of the board of supervisors, of violating its constitutional rights to free speech and free association as well as seeking to impose censorship. Unchecked, San Francisco’s measure would have a “chilling effect” on the organization and its members, the NRA said.
NRA chief Wayne LaPierre said on Twitter that the suit, which was attached to the tweet, “comes with a message to those who attack the NRA: We will never stop fighting for our law-abiding members and their constitutional freedoms.”
“Put simply, the government cannot discriminate against citizens based on the viewpoint of their political speech.” Read the rest of the suit here: https://t.co/bnD7nGUZFt (2/2) pic.twitter.com/IYKwaANmhI
— NRA (@NRA) September 10, 2019
“Some politicians forget that all 5 million of us in the NRA stand for freedom and that we believe it is a cause worth fighting for,” LaPierre said. “We will always confront illegal and discriminatory practices against our organization.”
San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors labeled the NRA a terrorist organization in a unanimous three-page resolution passed Sept. 3, calling for officials to “take every reasonable step to limit those entities who do business with the city and county of San Francisco from doing business” with the NRA.
The controversial resolution passed the San Francisco Board of Supervisors after a mass shooting at the Bay area’s Gilroy Garlic Festival that left four people dead.