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NRA Files Lawsuit Challenging San Francisco Gun Ban

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Even with opposition from San Francisco law enforcement and major media outlets, Proposition H--a measure banning the lawful possession of handguns, and the manufacture and transfer of all firearms and ammunition within San Francisco city limits--passed November 8.  The NRA immediately filed a lawsuit challenging the ban.

Said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, "This fight is just beginning.  Lawful residents of San Francisco are being stripped of their freedom because of an illegal measure that defies common sense.  We will fight this outrageous assault on the rights of law-abiding San Franciscans, and I believe that we will prevail."

In response to the passage of this proposition, NRA is leading a coalition of organizations in a lawsuit against this illegal ban in San Francisco.  Proposition H, in addition to violating federal guarantees, also violates various California state laws and is therefore preempted.

Said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox, "This is a hollow victory for the gun control lobby.  This scheme is in clear violation of California law.  We will fight this to the highest courts in the country."

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.