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San Francisco board passes resolution labeling NRA 'domestic terrorist organization'

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San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution designating the National Rifle Association (NRA) a "domestic terrorist organization" following the shooting in Gilroy, Calif., where four people including a gunman were killed.

The resolution, which local Fox affiliate KTVU reported passed on Tuesday, declares the gun rights group to be a terrorist group and calls on other cities and government entities to make similar declarations. The resolution itself has no legal weight.

Among the accusations levied at the NRA, the resolution argues that the group "musters its considerable wealth and organizational strength to promote gun ownership and incite gun owners to acts of violence."

"All countries have violent and hateful people, but only in America do we give them ready access to assault weapons and large-capacity magazines thanks, in large part, to the National Rifle Association's influence," reads the resolution's text.

The legislation's author, District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani, told KTVU that the organization "has it coming," blaming the group for "doing nothing" in the wake of mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and other subsequent attacks.

"The NRA has it coming to them, and I will do everything that I possibly can to call them out on what they are, which is a domestic terrorist organization," she said.

San Francisco board passes resolution labeling NRA 'domestic terrorist organization' © The Hill San Francisco board passes resolution labeling NRA 'domestic terrorist organization' "We had Dayton, Ohio. We had El Paso, Texas. Now we've had Odessa, Texas, and people are dying every day in this country," Stefani told the news outlet. "And doing nothing is not an option, and that it what the NRA continues to do."

The NRA fired back in a statement to KTVU, writing that lawmakers were distracting voters from real issues facing San Francisco.

"This ludicrous stunt by the Board of Supervisors is an effort to distract from the real problems facing San Francisco, such as rampant homelessness, drug abuse and skyrocketing petty crime, to name a few. The NRA will continue working to protect the constitutional rights of all freedom-loving Americans," the organization said.

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