FAIRFAX, Va. --- The National Rifle Association, the San Francisco Retired
Police Officers Association, and a group of San Francisco residents filed a
Second Amendment lawsuit in federal court last Friday seeking to invalidate the
San Francisco ordinance that requires all residents to store their handguns in a
locked container or disabled with a trigger lock.
“Time and again, we see city governments attempt to strip their citizens of
basic self-defense rights, and NRA will work tirelessly until these
unconstitutional ordinances are abolished nationwide,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA
chief lobbyist. “Freedom will prevail, as it did last June in the historic
Heller decision. The rights of law-abiding Americans in San Francisco
should be restored and NRA will continue pursing legislative and legal remedies
for these types of infringements.”
The ordinance is similar to the Washington, D.C. ordinance that was
invalidated by the United States Supreme Court last year in the landmark
Heller decision that confirmed the Second Amendment protects a
individual right to keep and bear arms.
The San Francisco ordinance infringes on the right to keep and bear arms by
forcing residents, no matter what their personal circumstances, to store their
handguns in a way that makes it impossible to immediately access a functional
handgun for self defense or to defend one's family.
“Law-abiding Americans should have the freedom to choose how to protect
themselves, based on their personal situation,” concluded Cox. “No local, state
or federal government should dictate this decision.”