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New Jersey Bans Gun Shops

The city of Piscataway on Thursday passed a local zoning ordinance that Second Amendment advocates argue will bar any legal gun sales in the township.

The zoning change forbids retail sales from within 1,000 feet of bars, college campuses, daycares, medical facilities, parks, places of worship, schools and the like. Piscataway leaders say it is the first of its kind in the state and will help keep the city of 56,000 residents safer, although New Jersey banned “assault weapons” in 1990, and has incrementally expanded the ban over the past three decades.

“An AR-15 with a standard round has a maximum effective range of 400-600 meters. At the very least, those who sell these weapons of war under lax federal laws should not be that close to places where children and families gather,” the measure’s sponsor, Councilman Steven Cahn, said. “Since the federal government refuses to ban these weapons, we need to be ever more proactive at the local level.”

The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs warned the city in a legal letter that the new zoning effectively bans gun shops anywhere in Piscataway and is unconstitutional.

The gun rights group pointed out that in a high-profile case in California where county officials enacted strict zoning that regulated away the possibility of new firearms retailers, federal courts only upheld the law because would-be gun buyers could still purchase them somewhere in the area from existing shops, saying the new zoning restriction did not burden the right to keep and bear arms but in turn just limited the ability to open new gun stores. As Piscataway currently lacks any gun retailers, the allowance does not apply, argues the gun rights group. Lists of federal firearms licensees maintained by federal regulators as of May do not hold any with Piscataway addresses.

“This proposed ordinance would violate the Second Amendment as well as state law pre-empting towns from regulating firearms sales,” said ANJRPC executive director Scott Bach in a statement. “The premise behind the ordinance is absurd – criminals don’t buy guns from licensed dealers, and locating sales 1,000 feet from property in Piscataway will neither stop nor deter someone intent on doing evil. The local grandstanding politicians pushing this measure don’t seem to understand the difference between law-abiding gun owners and criminals.”

source: guns.com

13 Comments

  • snuffum

    Thank God I live in the south instead of communist shitholes like Jersey

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    • Zundfolge

      Yes, but as those communist shitholes become unlivable, those idiots will move to your state and start voting like they did back home. As a Coloradoan up to my eyeballs in pot smoking Californians, this is my warning to you.

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    • Foxy

      I totally Disagree. New Jersey is not a Shithole. Its the Liberal Politicians that have destroyed New Jersey and Liberal like minded people. My 5th Great Grandfather fought in the New Jersey Militia during the American Revolution so people like you and I have the Freedoms we have today. More Revolutionary War battles were fought in the State of New Jersey than any other State. My family and I left Southern New Jersey in 1982 after I retired from the Ironworkers Local Union out of Philadelphia because of what was the beginning of what you see today. We moved to Washington State only to see that New Jersey had come to Washington State. My wife retired from the Washington State Patrol. So we moved to Idaho, one of the last bastions of Freedom. Trouble is we are seeing people buying homes here with Kalifornia license plates and they usually bring their anti-gun policies with them like what destroyed Washington State when they moved there. Scary! New Jersey was a beautiful State but I really don’t know any more. Haven’t been there in 26 years. I have (8) children. Four in Philadelphia. One in Dallas, TX. One in Arkansas, One in Tennessee and one in Idaho.

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      • snuffum

        Foxy, Maybe it was nice 26 years ago but every New Jersian I have met has been arrogant assholes. Liberals ruin this country.

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      • arthur123

        Please be sure all those kids of yours vote in November for Trump.

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      • Proudvietvet58

        You contradict yourself here. You disagree but, you have not been there since 1982???

        Try ‘re-thinking’ your comment.

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      • Boomerkatt

        I live in East. Wa. and we don’t like what the West. side of the state wants or does. The Gov. is a flake that could not win dog catcher in East. Wa. so he moved to Seattle to become groomed for Gov. Thank God he is done after this term. Retired Marine,Thanks.

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  • Timothy Toroian

    Good, honest, law abiding Americans can always boycott the town just like we can boycott the entire state for what its, head up a butt, governor wants. I just saw “Hancock” again and couldn’t resist.

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  • Richard Wadzinski Jr

    weapons of war, THESE DELUSIONAL ANTI-GUNNER LIBTURD DEMWITS HAVE LOST THEIR COLLECTIVE MINDS,,,, THERE ARE NO ASSAULT WEAPONS ( WEAPONS OF WAR ) BEING SOLD, & NO ONE HAS THEM UNLESS THEY HOLD A FFL LIC & PAY THE TAX STAMPS & HAVE THE PROPER BACKGROUND CHECKS. FURTHERMORE THERE ARE NO AUTOMATIC WEAPONS BEING SOLD, AS THEY WERE OUTLAWED AND BANNED IN THE 1930’S,LASTLY THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE………..STOP THE INSANITY ! only thing the lefty lunatics seem to be for is illegals, mooslim invaders,anti-gun, hate Trump, and wanna raise taxes,,,

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  • Proudvietvet58

    If the people of New Jersey are stupid enough to let their Elected “Officials” to ban gun shops, all of them need to STAY in New Jersey and reap the benefits of NOT having guns to protect themselves and their Families! I am sure there will be law suits against New Jersey for violating our Constitution, IF the idiots who allowed this to happen have the guts to fight the “Other Idiot” Politicians……….

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  • Wild Turkey

    It makes them feel safe therefore it is a good idea and anyone who opposes the idea threatens them and is therefore an enemy of the common good and can be demonized and insulted at will.

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  • Leo

    The liberal politicians will only learn when they are on the way out the door (voted out).

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