SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Tuesday dismissed the National Rifle Association’s claims that she was backing down from the city’s non-binding resolution labeling the NRA as a “terrorist organization.”
The resolution approved by the Board of Supervisors in early September directs the city to assess ties between its contractors to the NRA.
Earlier Tuesday, the NRA declared a victory, claiming Mayor Breed sent a letter to city department heads saying they should ignore part of the Board of Supervisors resolution.
In the letter from Breed and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, it notes that “The Resolution does not impose any obligations on City Departments” and that “no department will take steps to restrict any contractor form doing business with the NRA or to restrict City contracting opportunities for any business that has any relationship with the NRA.”
The letter closed by applauding the board’s thoughtful statements about the effect of gun violence and the role of NRA’s leadership.
The NRA said Breed was backing down and the memo was a “clear concession” in response to its lawsuit over the resolution.
In a statement released by Mayor Breed Tuesday afternoon, she dismissed the organization’s assessment of the letter about the non-binding resolution as being a concession.
“There is an epidemic of gun violence plaguing our country, and we need to hold organizations like the NRA accountable for their obstruction to real reforms to make our communities us safer,” Mayor Breed’s statement read. “While this non-binding resolution has no force of law behind it, this doesn’t take away from the fact that the NRA continues to shamefully stand in the way of every single piece of gun control legislation that can and will save lives.”
In a tweet posted regarding the NRA’s claims, Breed leveled more harsh criticism at the NRA, saying “You would think an organization responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans every year from gun violence would lay low on the anniversary of the Las Vegas shooting but apparently no one feels shame anymore.”