In 1982, a state appeals court nullified an almost identical gun ban here largely on grounds that the city cannot enact an ordinance that conflicts with state law that allows for the sale and possession of handguns and ammunition. The NRA filed its lawsuit Wednesday with the same court, the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, asking the judges to nullify the law that demands the surrender of handguns by April.
“Cities do not have the authority under the state law to ban the possession of handguns,” said NRA president Wayne LaPierre.
The group also claims the law unfairly puts San Francisco residents at a disadvantage, denying them the means to protect themselves. The law does not bar nonresidents from lawfully possessing handguns within city limits.
Mayor Gavin Newsom has acknowledged the measure likely wouldn’t withstand legal scrutiny, but said it had symbolic value.