Supervisor Daly says gun industry should be liable for violence
By Ari Burack, Bay City News Service
June 15, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly,
responding Wednesday to a gun rights group's call for him to personally
finance any appeal of the recent decision to strike down San Francisco's
handgun ban, announced that he would pay for the appeal -- if
the gun industry agrees to civil liability for firearm violence
in the city.
The Second Amendment Foundation's Tuesday call for Daly to pay
out of his own pocket to defend what it referred to in a statement
as an "outrageous measure'' (Proposition H) prompted Daly
to fire back with his own offer.
Daly responded in a statement saying, "I hold the gun industry
responsible, not only for pain and suffering, but also for the
fiscal impacts to San Francisco families and local government.
I gladly will personally pay for San Francisco's appeal of Judge
Warren's decision, when the gun industry agrees to civil liability
and pays for damage they have caused families and local governments.''
According to Supervisor Daly's office, an estimate prepared by
the San Francisco Controller's Office determined that San Francisco
spends over $31 million each year for public safety and health
and human services costs related to firearm violence, and that
the estimated net present value of the loss of life related to
firearm violence in the city is over $124 million.
On Monday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge James Warren struck
down the handgun ban passed by city voters last year, saying
the measure conflicted with state laws regulating handguns.
On Tuesday, City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced
that San Francisco would appeal the ruling.
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