As national gun rights leaders are preparing to hold the 25th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in San Francisco later this month, they are also celebrating a significant public relations victory in the famously liberal city.
More than 15 ads promoting the event have appeared in transit locations around San Francisco, which the Second Amendment Foundation called "something of a coup."
The organization said San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency allowed the posters to go up despite its rules that prohibit advertising that may promote the use of firearms.
"We suspect the MTA is allowing our ads despite their policy because they believed we were prepared to file a lawsuit on First and Second Amendment grounds if the city didn’t take them," said Alan M. Gottlieb, SAF executive vice president.
"Knowing we were responsible for the McDonald victory over Chicago and the defeat of their own 2005 gun ban proposition, and probably aware of our litigation in New York, Maryland, North Carolina, Illinois and California, they did not want to lock horns with us again," he added.
The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport hotel from Sept. 24 to 26 and will bring together gun rights activists from around the nation.