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San Francisco Backs Off-- For Now

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Bowing to pressure from NRA and law-abiding firearm owners, the City of San Francisco has agreed to postpone enforcement of the provision of Prop H that bans the sale or transfer of any firearm or ammunition until March 1, 2006.  The handgun possession ban provision of Prop H does not goes into effect until April 1, 2006.  Residents of San Francisco have until then to get their guns out of the city or turn them in to police without compensation.

In the interim, the NRA lawsuit challenging the ordinance will be filed in the San Francisco Superior Court.  NRA had previously filed suit in the Court of Appeals on November 9, but the Court declined to exercise jurisdiction until the Superior Court had heard the matter. The hearing date on NRA's motion to invalidate the entire ordinance has been tentatively scheduled for February 15, 2006, in San Francisco Superior Court.

Read the letter from the San Francisco City Attorney

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