In the wake of the abortive attempts at alt-right rallies in the Bay Area, District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell plans to push for a new law that would further tighten local laws against firearms in public places. If passed, Farrell’s law would ban guns in four types of places in the city: all parks, plazas, and open spaces; major commercial areas; major tourist areas; prominent public thoroughfares, including sections of Market Street and The Embarcadero.
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed the plan. “Local governments such as San Francisco are uniquely positioned to determine what’s best for the public safety of their residents, including where people may carry guns,” said Robyn Thomas, the law center’s executive director. “Especially in light of the tragic events in Charlottesville, it is critical for local governments to address the issue of firearms in public spaces.”