San Francisco retreats in battle against NRA

October 8, 2019


Matthew Hoy

Just two weeks after declaring the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and City Attorney Dennis Herrera issued a memo ordering city agencies to ignore the resolution's requirements to cut off contractors or other groups with relationships with the NRA.

The Resolution does not impose any obligations on City departments or members of the public….[W]henever the Board seeks to adopt a rule that binds City departments, the Board acts by ordinance. When the Board seeks to make non-binding statements announcing its views on general policy matters, it may act by resolution. Resolutions making policy statements do not impose duties on City departments, change any of the City's existing laws or policies, or control City departments' exercise of discretion.

Because the Resolution did not change City law, the City's contracting processes and policies have not changed and will not change as a result of the Resolution…. No department will take steps to asses the relationships between City contractors and the NRA, and no 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.

And with just a few sentences, San Francisco's attack on the NRA is revealed as nothing more than impotent virtue-signaling.

For those who are interested, I appeared on the Dave Congalton radio show last month to discuss the San Francisco resolution and characterized it as an effort by the City by the Bay to funnel money to the NRA's lawyers.

I also discuss a little of the NRA's reported financial difficulties and give an update on the legal challenge against California's new ammunition background check law.

You can listen to the interview here.

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