- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The National Rifle Association of America says its lawsuit against San Francisco has prompted a win for free speech and gun rights.

Mayor London Breed’s memo affirming the rights of contractors to do business with the NRA was touted as a “clear concession” by its lawyers, given a recent resolution by city officials calling the group a “domestic terrorist organization.”

Ms. Breed pro-actively beat “instruction” from a court with an official memorandum on Monday stating “no [municipal] 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.”

William A. Brewer III, a partner at Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors and counsel for the NRA, welcomed the development.

“The memo serves as a clear concession and a well-deserved win for the First and Second Amendments of the United States Constitution,” he said in a statement.  “It is unfortunate that in today’s polarized times, some elected officials would rather silence opposing arguments than engage in good-faith debate. The NRA — America’s oldest civil rights organization — won’t stand for that.”

John Cote, spokesperson for City Attorney Dennis Herrera, disagreed.

“The memo is not a concession,” he said, the San Francisco Examiner reported. “It just explains what has always been true — the resolution does not change the law. If the NRA thinks this is a win, it’s only because their lawsuit completely distorts what the resolution actually does.”

The NRA’s lawsuit states that the Board of Supervisors’ infringed upon constitutional rights when it “unanimously adopted a new government policy: blacklist anyone linked to the NRA.”

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