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SAN FRANCISCO - City residents will vote next year on a proposed weapons ban that would deny handguns to everyone except law enforcement officers, members of the military and security guards.
If passed next November, residents would have 90 days to give up firearms they keep in their homes or businesses. The proposal was immediately dismissed as illegal by a gun owners group.

The measure — submitted Tuesday to the Department of Elections by some city supervisors — would also prohibit the sale, manufacturing or distribution of handguns, and the transfer of gun licenses, according to Bill Barnes, an aide to Supervisor Chris Daly.
Firearms would be allowed only for police officers, security guards, members of the military, and anyone else "actually employed and engaged in protecting and preserving property or life within the scope of his or her employment," according to the measure.

Barnes said Wednesday the initiative is a response to the rising homicide rate and other social ills, noting: "We think there is a wide benefit to limiting the number of guns in the city."

Gun Owners of California, a Sacramento-based lobbying group, quickly called the ban illegal. Sam Paredes, the group's executive director, said state law bars local governments from usurping the state's authority to regulate firearms.

"The amazing thing is they are going to turn San Francisco into ground zero for every criminal who wants to profit at their chosen profession," Paredes said.

How many residents would be affected by the ban is unclear, since California does not require residents to register handguns that are kept in a private residence of business.

Washington, D.C., is the only major American city that currently bans handgun possession by private citizens. Andrew Arulanandam, director of public affairs for the National Rifle Association, said San Francisco would be remiss to use that city as a model.

"If gun control worked, Washington, D.C., would be the beacon. However, it's the murder capital of the United States," he said.

In San Francisco, five of the 11-member Board of Supervisors submitted the measure directly to the Department of Elections — one more than the minimum needed to get the measure on the ballot without signatures from registered voters.

The city's voters have frequently championed liberal causes. In the last election, a nonbinding ballot measure to condemn the war in Iraq (news - web sites) and immediately pull out U.S. troops immediately passed with ease.

If approved, the weapons ban would take effect in January 2006.

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Didn't uber liberal ex-Mayor of San Fransisco Diane Feinstein come up with a similar proposal when she was the head of Sodam back about 10 years ago? She also was reported to be the recipient of a gun permit herself back then as well. Just another case of a liberal do-gooder saying "Do as I say, not as I do" to the constituancy.

As Andrew Arulanandam, director of public affairs for the National Rifle Association stated, the District of Columbia isn't, and should never be used as a national model for the banning of handguns.

Take a look at Great Britain & Australia and their successful attempt to ban all hangun & rifle ownership about 5 years ago. Crime is rampant there now and they are rethinking their erronious ways. Don't think it can't happen here as well. We would have been a step closer to it if John "War Hero" Kerry was elected. I thank God every day that we dodged that bullet.

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Another way for some liberal elitists to try to circumvent the elected lawmakers at federal and state level. That's why thanks to Harshbugger and Reilly we have screwed up "consumer safety" regulations on handguns that 49 other states don't seem to need
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