SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – A public housing resident claims the City of San Francisco denied his Second Amendment rights by forbidding firearms in public housing units, in the first of an expected slew of lawsuits challenging local gun prohibition ordinances in the wake of the Supreme Court’s affirmation of the individual right to bear arms.
The lawsuit was filed under an alias by a gay man who, like many public housing residents, lives in a high-crime area and keeps a gun to protect himself from hate crimes and other attacks.
San Francisco Police Code section 617 forbids public housing residents from keeping any firearm in their apartments. The ordinance, and many similar ones in cities across the country, is in danger of being deemed unconstitutional as a result of Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment protects citizens’ right to own guns for self-defense.
The plaintiffs, including the National Rifle Association and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, are represented by C. D. Michel of Truanich and Michel in Long Beach. They want the gun restriction policy deemed illegal and an order stopping the city from enforcing it. Defendants include the San Francisco Housing Authority and Mayor Gavin Newsom.