San Francisco wants to declare the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization and is preparing to start asking the city’s vendors to reveal whether they’re doing business with the nation’s largest gun lobby. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution saying that San Francisco “should take every reasonable step to assess the financial and contractual relationships our vendors and contractors have with this domestic terrorist organization.”
“It is time to rid this country of the NRA and call them out for who they are – they are a domestic terrorist organization,” said the measure’s sponsor, Supervisor Catherine Stefani. She faulted the group for opposing legislation intended to reduce gun violence while blaming shootings on video games, movies, and mental illness.
The resolution, which has to be approved again in a second vote before it can take effect, cites the U.S. Department of Justice definition of terrorist activity, which, in part, is using any weapon or dangerous device “with intent to endanger, directly or indirectly, the safety of one or more individuals or to cause substantial damage to property.”
The measure was introduced shortly after three people were killed in a shooting about 80 miles away, at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Northern California. It notes that there have been hundreds mass shootings in the U.S. this year.