New Jersey Town Treats Gun Stores Worse Than Convicted Sex Offenders
In case you had any remaining doubts that liberals want to take all firearms away from civilians, including Revolutionary War-era muskets, handguns, shotguns, hunting rifles and pellet guns, a New Jersey township just voted to treat gun stores worse than convicted pedophiles. The Piscataway Township Council banned the sale of all firearms and ammunition “within 1,000 feet of schools, day care sites, college campuses, medical facilities, bars, parks, places of worship and similar sites.”
Note the deliberately vague “similar sites” at the end of that grocery list, which makes this the legal equivalent of a complete and total ban on gun and ammunition sales.
By comparison, the worst child sex offender in New Jersey can move in across the street from an elementary school in Piscataway Township the day after he is released from prison. The only thing the authorities in New Jersey will do is notify the school and send them a picture of the offender so they can keep an eye out for him. A child rapist with a 100 percent chance of recidivism has more rights in this New Jersey township than a person that wants to set up a mom and pop gun store.
Ward 3 Councilman Steven Cahn, the Democrat author of this garbage ordinance which is a clear violation of the Second Amendment, courageously declared that local officials must act because the federal government won’t. So brave!
The reason why the federal government “does not act” is because the Second Amendment was specifically written with petty tyrants like Mr. Cahn in mind. The government is what is restrained by the Bill of Rights — not the other way around as gun-grabbers obviously believe.
This quote from Cahn speaks volumes: “We’re not afraid of the NRA. We are going to do the right thing for our residents in town. There would be no merit to a claim against us. We’re following what we believe to be proper Constitutional standards.”
Cahn and his gun-grabbing co-conspirators honestly believe that they are somehow being courageous by unanimously enacting this ordinance. This is like a Starbucks barista in Seattle posting a picture of her newest lip piercing on Twitter and declaring that she’s resisting President Trump. Way to bravely stand up against someone you will never encounter in your daily life!
The punchline is that there are actually zero gun stores in Piscataway Township, New Jersey. Their entire ordinance is a virtue-signaling exercise in which the Democrats running the town council can now give themselves trophies for bravery, because they “stood up to the NRA.”
“There would be no merit to a claim against us.” Translation: “Please, please, don’t anyone sue us!”
Here’s some bad news for the town council: The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs is considering a lawsuit against them, because they seem to have this crazy idea that a claim against the ordinance would have merit.
The purpose of the ordinance, aside from pure virtue signaling, is to keep anyone from ever establishing a gun or ammunition business in Piscataway Township in the future. There is no existing case law anywhere, in any state, which could conceivably make the town council’s ordinance legal or constitutional.
Think of it this way. Would it make any sense from a legal standpoint to ban the sale of lawn mowers or cars within a particular area? Then what possible legal excuse could the Township come up with to ban the sale of a constitutionally-protected tool of self-defense?
The courageous legal scholar Cahn fires back that so long as he and his gun-grabbing cohorts are not unreasonably interfering with a person’s right to purchase a gun, then they’re not violating the Second Amendment.
This brings us back to the vagueness of the “similar sites” listed in the gun store ban. The only way that argument holds up is because there is not already a gun shop existing in the township. You cannot interfere with something that does not currently exist.
In addition, no correlation has ever been established between the location of a gun store and proximity to crimes. In fact, if anyone does do a study on that, what are the odds that crime will be lower in the vicinity of a gun store?
We will continue following this story, because there will undoubtedly be a lawsuit against the Piscataway Township ordinance in the future. In the meantime, sex offenders can rest easy in New Jersey with the knowledge that they are held in more esteem by New Jersey politicians than a lawful gun store.
~ National Gun Network