Friday, July 21, 2023

San Francisco Postpones Bill Proposing Widespread 'Sensitive Place' Designation, Concealed Carry Prohibition


Santiago Mejia /San Francisco Chronicle via AP

The San Francisco County Board of Supervisors has withdrawn a potential regulation aiming to establish most of the city as a "gun-free zone". This occurred following threats of legal action by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA).

Supervisor Catherine Stefani, a leading advocate for the regulation, decided to indefinitely postpone the measure. She expressed her disappointment over the 2023 Bruen decision of the Supreme Court, which has troubled advocates of gun control and urged the San Francisco Police Department to initiate issuing carry permits. As an apparent face-saving strategy, she mentioned a prospective state law that may be ratified by Sacramento lawmakers later this summer as a rationale for her withdrawal on the proposed regulation.

The CRPA President, Chuck Michel, a seasoned attorney and recognized authority on gun rights in California, stated, "The decision was taken after CRPA and SAF had sent a letter to the Board of Supervisors elucidating why the proposed regulation would contravene the Constitution. It is indeed regrettable that San Francisco's politicians refuse to uphold the Second Amendment and fail to acknowledge the novel legal scenario that the public has a Second Amendment right to carry a firearm."

Alan M. Gottlieb, the founder and Executive Vice President of SAF, shared, "Upon learning of this proposal, we sprang into action. This isn't our first encounter with extreme gun control measures in San Francisco. We have previously won two lawsuits against the city for attempted handgun prohibitions. We're ready to repeat the process, but it seems our letter to the Board of Supervisors has made it redundant."

Adam Kraut, the Executive Director of SAF, noted, "Our message to the Board of Supervisors was explicit and left little to the imagination regarding our intentions. The letter thoroughly detailed why the proposal was a flawed policy, and would only result in another victory for SAF-CRPA. We also reminded the Board to hold off until the state law is ratified and its performance under litigation is observed. This seems to have achieved the intended effect."

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