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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

San Francisco Police Group Sues City Over Firearm Ordinance

Posted By on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

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  • There are ordinances against that, Mr. Rambo...

Playing with guns can carry dire consequences, whether you're thrill-seeking drunk or a reform-minded municipality.

In the former instance, the results can be lethal. In the latter, the bevy of inevitable lawsuits may just make city politicos wish it were.

That's what happened today in San Francisco. The police retiree group San Francisco Veteran Police Officers -- whom we last reported on when they were crossing swords with their working cop brethren in a pension battle -- sued the city, the mayor, the police chief and others as a result of a recent San Francisco ordinance.

That measure enacts a ban on gun magazines capable of holding 10 rounds or more. The SFVPOA's suit, which is being trumpeted by the National Rifle Association, objects to the forthcoming Police Code 619's lack of an exception for "law-abiding citizens and for self-defense." Moreover, it objects to the lack of an "exception for law-abiding retired police officers. Retired police officers are forced to dispose of their lawfully-acquired, common magazines with capacities of more than ten rounds that are prohibited by Section 619."

The suit claims this is an abridgment of the plaintiffs' Second-Amendment rights, and that "magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds can be traced back to the era of ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment. ... Millions of firearms that have been sold in the United States come stock from the factory with magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds."

The city, per the suit, is targeting firearms that are hardly "dangerous and unusual."

The lawsuit drew a rapid and predictable objection from City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who bemoaned the NRA pursuing "a litigation strategy to push its extremist agenda."

Herrera is in the midst of fighting off NRA lawsuits regarding two other city gun-related ordinances: a ban on "enhanced lethality" ammunition and a mandate that weapons be stored in gun lockers.

The City Attorney vowed a fight to the end. The NRA, needless to say, will do the same. It is, quite literally, a situation reeking of lawyers, guns, and money.

And, in other news, if you've got $500,000 and really need a gun -- look no further

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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