Legislation to formally bar the San Francisco Police Department from being a member of the National Rifle Association is headed to the Board of Supervisors on the anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
The Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee unanimously approved an ordinance amending the police code to no longer allow SFPD to be an NRA member and collect tournament fees on its behalf. SFPD has not been a member for several years but could not immediately provide an end date.
“Words matter,” said Supervisor Catherine Stefani, who brought the legislation forward. “They tell us what we value and what we stand for as a society. The NRA has become a toxic and dangerous organization.”
Stefani added that Police Chief Bill Scott supported changes to the “antiquated” code language and Supervisor Shamann Walton said that it would set the tone for other law enforcement agencies.
One man, who did not provide his name, said during public comment that some officers may feel alienated from their weapons and wanted to hear more about training. But three women who spoke before him vehemently supported the initiative and shared how gun violence took the lives of their sons, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The item came before the committee on the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., when 17 people were killed. Survivors helped lead a national walkout of students before the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. last March.
“I find it very fitting that on this day we’re considering this ordinance,” Stefani said. “We will never forget.”