NRA settles lawsuit on gun ban

January 13, 2009 9:07:19 PM PST
A federal lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association to challenge a San Francisco Housing Authority ban on gun possession in public housing has been settled.

The NRA sued the housing authority the day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 26, 2008, that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives individuals the right to possess guns.

Under the settlement, signed by U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson on Monday, the agency will no longer enforce a 2005 rule that prohibited the otherwise legal possession of guns and ammunition in public housing units.

But the settlement states that illegal possession of firearms and ammunition in the units remains strictly prohibited.

Housing Authority attorney Jim Larson said, "We thought the settlement would be in the best interests of the housing authority."

Lawyers for the NRA were not available for comment.

In addition to the NRA, plaintiffs in the lawsuit included the Washington state-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and an anonymous gay public housing resident who said he needed a gun for protection against possible hate crimes.

In its ruling last year, the U.S. Supreme Court said the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms applies to individuals and not just to state militias.