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In siding with the gun owners, San Francisco County Superior Court Judge James Warren said a local government cannot ban weapons because the California Legislature allows their sale and possession.While I am always glad to see self defense rights upheld in court, part of me was curious as to how bad crime would have gotten in
"My clients are thrilled that the court recognized that law-abiding firearms owners who choose to own a gun to defend themselves or their families are part of the solution and not part of the problem," NRA attorney Chuck Michel said. "Hopefully, the city will recognize that gun owners can contribute to the effort to fight the criminal misuse of firearms, a goal that we all share."
The ordinance targeted only city residents, meaning nonresidents in the city or even tourists were not banned from possessing or selling guns here.
's decision was not unexpected. In 1982, a Warren appeals court nullified an almost identical California gun ban largely on grounds that the city cannot enact an ordinance that conflicts with state law. San Francisco