San Francisco Slapped with Gun Lawsuit


SAN FRANCISCO — The City is being sued by gun owners and gun-advocacy groups because of a local law that says firearms have to be locked up or kept disabled.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court Friday afternoon, challenges a local restriction that forces handgun owners to either store their guns in a locked container or disable them with trigger locks. Mayor Gavin Newsom signed the law into effect in August 2007.

National Rifle Association attorney Chuck Michel, who filed the case, said the locking restriction interferes with citizens’ rights to immediately defend their families.

Plaintiffs include a group of San Francisco gun owners, retired police officers and the NRA.

“These are all people who recognize the right to self-defense is a fundamental civil right that needs to be protected as well,” Michel said.

The suit also tackles The City’s ban on the sale of fragmenting bullets, which break apart upon impact, and names Newsom and police Chief Heather Fong.

Newsom spokesman Nathan Ballard said locking up one’s guns is a matter of common sense.

“If even one life can be saved by this sensible law, it’s worth it,” he said. Read more




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