San Francisco gun ban delayed
to June 19
By Julia Cheever, Bay City News Service
February 27, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) -- San Francisco City Attorney Dennis
Herrera announced today that a city handgun ban won't go into
effect until at least mid-June while a Superior Court judge ponders
a National Rifle Association challenge to the measure.
The delay until at least June 19 was agreed to by attorneys for
the city and the NRA, Herrera said.
A postponement in enforcement was strongly recommended by San
Francisco Superior Court Judge James Warren at the close of a
hearing on the NRA lawsuit on Thursday.
Warren has until mid-June to issue a written ruling on the claim
by the NRA and four other groups that the handgun ban should be
struck down because it conflicts with state gun laws.
The handgun ban was passed by San Francisco voters in November.
It bans possession of handguns by city residents except for law
enforcement officers and others who need guns for professional
The measure also prohibits the sale, manufacture, transfer and
distribution of firearms within the city.
Herrera spokesman Matt Dorsey said, "We think a voluntary
stay is the best, most prudent course in the midst of this litigation."
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