The National Rifle Association (NRA) is fighting back with a lawsuit against the city of San Fransisco after the city labeled them a “domestic terrorist organization.”
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted in favor of a resolution on September 3 as they claimed the NRA “spreads propaganda that misinforms and aims to deceive the public about the dangers of gun violence,” as IJR previously reported.
The move comes after the shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California on July 28, where four people including the gunman were killed, followed by mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.
After initially slamming San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors over their “ludicrous stunt” decision to “distract from the real problems facing San Francisco,” the NRA filed a lawsuit against the city and county on Monday.
“This lawsuit comes with a message to those who attack the NRA: We will never stop fighting for our law-abiding members and their constitutional freedoms,” NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said in a statement.
“Some politicians forget that all 5 million of us in the NRA stand for freedom and that we believe it is a cause worth fighting for. We will always confront illegal and discriminatory practices against our organization and the millions of members we serve.”
“Put simply, the government cannot discriminate against citizens based on the viewpoint of their political speech,” the NRA’s lawsuit reads, adding that the city is discriminating against American’s political speech and attempting to blacklist.
The California city’s board of supervisors received push back for their decision in designating the NRA a “domestic terrorist organization.”
San Francisco mayoral candidate Ellen Lee Zhou (R) said in a press release following the designation that the decision is “insane.” She wrote, “Calling five million NRA American patriots as terrorists is out of order.”
NRA spokeswoman Amy Hunter previously said in a statement in response to the city’s decision, “This is just another worthless and disgusting ‘sound-bite remedy’ to the violence epidemic gripping our nation.”