A gun-rights group is urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to withhold federal funding from state and local governments that adopt policies that infringe on Second Amendment rights.

Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, said in a statement, “The liberal municipal governments of such cities as New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle, and states including New Jersey, Connecticut, California and Massachusetts should not be receiving taxpayer funds while violating the constitutional rights of those taxpayers.”

Gottlieb called it “ironic that all of those places are willing to spend millions of dollars to attack the rights of gun owners, when they should be protecting civil and constitutional rights, including the Second Amendment.”

In a letter to Sessions, Gottlieb contended that state and local gun-control measures have failed to reduce violent crime, yet resulted in reduced defense options for law-abiding people, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

“Why should American taxpayers see their hard-earned money used to erode their fundamental rights?” Gottlieb asked. “Those of us on the front lines of this civil rights battle see this as the ultimate abandonment of common sense. When government becomes the enemy of its constituents, it should be penalized, not rewarded.”

Gottlieb noted that certain state and local governments have ignored the Supreme Court decisions declaring that the Constitution protects individual gun rights, and that must not be allowed to continue.

“These stubborn anti-gun local governments will spitefully hurt their citizens any way they can,” Gottlieb said. “The time has come to slap them down, and the best way to get their attention is to turn off the funding spigot.”

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms will continue to pressure Sessions into action by launching a national petition drive among its 650,000 members and supporters.