You have the right to keep and bear arms, but do you have the right to acquire them? Piscataway Township in New Jersey is hoping a judge will decide “No.” City leaders there have passed a new ordinance that would block any gun store from ever opening in the town of more than 50,000 people. Based on an ordinance first passed 3,000 miles away in Alameda County, Calif., this effort in New Jersey could soon be coming to a town near you. Anti-gun activists have clearly decided to push bans on gun stores (as well as firearms themselves) wherever they think they can gain traction.
The city leaders who approved the ban in Piscataway have been duped into thinking their law will pass constitutional muster. They’re pointing to Alameda County’s ordinance as a sign their own version will be approved, but there’s one big difference. There are already gun stores in Alameda County. Its zoning ordinance simply prevents any new stores from opening. Piscataway, on the other hand, is home to zero gun stores, and now they’ve prohibited any from ever opening. That’s very similar to what the city of Chicago did after the McDonald decision struck down the city’s ban on handguns, and the courts ruled in that case that Chicago couldn’t use the zoning laws to prevent a gun store from operating inside the city. Our right to keep and our right to bear imply a right to acquire arms. To rule otherwise is to attempt to nullify the Second Amendment.
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