November 9, 2005

San Francisco OKs bans on guns, army recruiters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Voters in famously liberal San
Francisco overwhelmingly approved measures banning handguns and
encouraging schools to keep military recruiters off campus,
according to election results on Wednesday.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting results from
Tuesday's election, Measure H, which prohibits San Franciscans
from owning handguns and bans the sale of all firearms and
ammunition in the city, passed with 57.9 percent of the vote.

The National Rifle Association responded by filing a
lawsuit challenging the measure in state court, noting it is
preempted by federal and state laws and that the same state
court had invalidated San Francisco's last attempt to impose a
ban on handguns.

"Lawful residents of San Francisco are being stripped of
their freedom because of an illegal measure that defies common
sense," association vice-president Wayne LaPierre said in
statement. "I believe that we will prevail,"

Measure I, a largely symbolic "declaration of policy that
the people of San Francisco oppose the federal government's use
of public schools to recruit students for service in the
military," passed with 59.7 percent of votes.

The measure will have no effect on military recruiters as
they are allowed on school grounds under federal law, according
to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke, a spokeswoman for the
U.S. Department of Defense.