SF approves tough penalties for violations of new gun ban

Despite all the Democratic politicians who have said that the SF gun ban violates California's pre-emption law, there is the concern among some that court still rule the law valid because it only applies to SF residents and not anyone else. This is apparently a very weak claim, but if the judge wants to find a way for this law, it is likely what he will do. Anyway, just in case the law is approved, the San Franciscos Board of Supervisors set penalties this past week.

Last November, 58 percent of San Francisco voters passed Proposition H, a city ordinance that makes it illegal for residents to possess handguns and prohibits the manufacture, distribution, sale and transfer of firearms in the city.

As required by the proposition, the supervisors Wednesday approved a set of penalties for violating the law that include imposition of a $1,000 penalty and a jail term of between 90 days and six months. . . .

Superior Court Judge James Warren, who is overseeing the case, expects to rule on the case before the mid-June deadline. If Warren deems the proposition unlawful, the city will likely appeal the decision.


Blogger Kevin said...

Once again, SF gets the prize. This statute, if not invalidated, will do nothing to decrease the crime rate in The City.

I am attorney residing in Oakland. I am also preparing to go through the onerous process of getting a carry permit.

Luckily, they are hard, but not impossible, to get on this side of the Bay.

Which is agood thing, since our murder rate is running triple what it was last year!

3/11/2006 7:31 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Kevin, good luck on getting the permit.

Unfortunately, my guess is that crime rates will rise, but if the experience in places such as Chicago and DC are any indication, they will definitely won't fall.

3/11/2006 7:46 PM  

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