BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Todayâ€™s revelation that the City of San Francisco might consider an ammunition registry scheme brought a promise from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms that a lawsuit would quickly follow.
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb said in a report in the San Francisco Examiner that Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier is working with the City Attorneyâ€™s Office to â€œcraft legislationâ€ regarding an ammunition registry shows the city has learned nothing from its defeat in court over a 2005 gun ban proposition. CCRKBA joined the Second Amendment Foundation, National Rifle Association and other plaintiffs in the lawsuit that nullified the ban because it violates state statute. Now that the Second Amendment has been incorporated to the states by the U.S. Supreme Court, proposals like this one are even more dubious, he observed.
â€œIt appears that Alioto-Pier is trying to be too clever by half,â€ Gottlieb said. â€œItâ€™s a de facto registration scheme hiding behind a make-believe effort to crack down on violent crime, and she knows it. We will fight it.â€
He noted that it is ironic for the city to be considering such an idea on the eve of the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 24-26 at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency hotel. Gun rights activists and experts from across the nation will gather at the hotel to discuss recent court cases, current legal actions and anti-gun proposals like the one now reportedly being formulated by Alioto-Pier.
â€œIt would seem to me that with the stateâ€™s economy in tatters, cutbacks in public safety budgets and federal courts mandating that more criminals must be released from prisons that the city would not make it harder for citizens to defend themselves,â€ Gottlieb stated. â€œBut in San Francisco, it is politically fashionable to penalize honest people for the misbehavior of the criminal element. It makes you wonder whose side the government is on.
â€œYou can bet weâ€™ll be discussing this at our conference in September,â€ he concluded. â€œMs. Alioto-Pier has an open invitation to attend and explain her scheme to a room full of experts.â€