“We looked at failed attempts, like Chicago. The courts have said it’s only a right to possess a gun, not sell a gun, and I think we struck the right balance.”
Cities and townships are using zoning restrictions to create “gun-store-free zones” around the country. This includes over 20 such zones in California alone, Breitbart reports.
A resolution passed by the Town Council on June 14 is intended to keep it that way. The resolution bans gun stores from opening within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, health care facilities, and other sensitive locations. While the new zoning law does not explicitly forbid gun stores from opening in the suburb, it makes dealers subject to conditions that almost no location meets.
“There’s a growing concern about gun violence and the federal government’s inability to do anything comprehensive,” said Steven Cahn, the council member who drafted the ordinance. “The point is to demonstrate that as local officials, we’re not helpless. We can use our authority. Hopefully, other communities will do something similar.”
Officials in New Jersey fed up with federal inaction are flexing policy muscles rarely used to regulate gun dealers: local zoning codes that effectively ban firearm stores. To give the crackdown constitutional cover, they took cues from a recent federal court decision on the other side of the country, according to The Trace.
“What the courts have said is that you’re O.K. as long as you don’t pass an ordinance that unreasonably interferes with someone’s right to possess a firearm. As long as there are other places in the general area where someone can legally get a gun — and there are towns on our border where you can go to a sporting goods store to buy a firearm — we can restrict sales in our community.”
With all the propaganda currently concentrating on the southern border and the fake children abuses, people have allowed these anti-gun groups to pass silently under the radar.
Make no mistake, they are coming to take your firearms and they will not stop until they get them.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.