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Monday, June 25, 2018

Zoning Codes used to create 'Gun Store-Free Zones'

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.

According to the Trace, a gun control journalism outlet, such use of zoning codes allows cities to “effectively ban firearm stores” in lieu of Congressional refusal to pass more gun laws.

Piscataway, New Jersey, is one of the latest townships to adopt this approach. They have no federally licensed firearms dealers in their township, and the towncCouncil hopes to use a zoning resolution to keep any licensed dealers from setting up shop in the future. Their resolution, according to the Trace, “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.”

Alameda County, California, served as an impetus for the Piscataway resolution. In Teixeira v. County of Alameda, plaintiffs argued that the county’s zoning codes violated the Second Amendment by stringently limiting a citizen’s access to firearms via prohibitions on gun stores. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the plaintiff, only later to have that decision reversed by the Ninth Circuit en banc in 2017.



Anonymous said...

And now we know why no gun owning citizen wants any type of gun restriction, even when it makes sense.
Liberal democrats want to eliminate ALL gun ownership.
They don't understand that if they pass LAWS that forbid ownership, then only law abiding citizens will lose access to them and only law BREAKING criminals will own them.
Yeah, that makes alot of sense!!

Anonymous said...

This is exactly what local zoning ordinances are for. It's the same method used to prevent oil drilling next to schools.

If you want things run differently, get involved with your local planning commission/board/etc.

Anonymous said...

Ask yourself who do they work for?

lmclain said...

Are you truly THAT stupid or just a liberal democrat?

I just checked the Constitution. Not a single mention ANYWHERE about our right to drill oil.
Zoning boards get to overrule the Constitution?

I'll bet you're okay with the next steps they would like to take, too.
Permits to write mean letters to the editor? Fines for attending church?
Nazi checkpoints to check innocent people to see if they are committing ANY crime? Wait --- they ALREADY do that (to thunderous cheers).

YOU and goofs like you think the Second Amendment is ALL they want to eliminate?
I present maxine waters as Exhibit A.
Thomas Jefferson would have loved to personally shoot you in the head.