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County Tries to Zone Out a Gun Store

Written by Gary North on July 18, 2012

The Board of Supervisors of Alameda Coiunty, California, has made a mistake. It tried to change the zoning law to block a gun store from opening.

Why was this a mistake? Because it caught the attention of Al Gottleib of the Second Amendment Foundation. In gun control circles, Gottleib is known as “ideologically armed and considered dangerous.”

The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit against the Board of Supervisors. It’s a constitutional issue, the Foundation says: the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.

In 2010, three men formed a partnership to open a gun store.

The lawsuit alleges that the three partners applied to the county for conditional use permits to open the gun shop, and were quickly faced with an unusual zoning requirement that their front door had to be more than 500 feet from the nearest liquor store, school or private residence. They took measurements to the nearest residence and found they were more than the minimum distance with a comfortable buffer.

However, the lawsuit asserts, the county then changed its measurement requirement, even though the West County Board of Zoning Adjustments had voted to approve a conditional use permit and allow the gun store to operate.

Gottleib says that the Board had “gone out of their way to prevent three businessmen from opening a gun store in their jurisdiction.”

Another allegation in the lawsuit is that the Board of Supervisors improperly allowed a local homeowners association to file an appeal after a deadline for such appeals had passed.

“This is a violation of their rights of equal protection and due process under the Fourteenth Amendment, and cannot be allowed to stand,” Gottlieb said, explaining SAF’s interest in the case. “Social bigotry is bad enough when practiced by the media and the gun prohibition lobby but when it becomes the official policy of an elected government panel, it then becomes necessary, if not imperative, for the courts to intervene.”

The Board had better have a good attorney to defend its actions. When the Second Amendment Foundation takes a case, it is a challenge to beat it in court.

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7 thoughts on “County Tries to Zone Out a Gun Store

  1. Junk Bin says:

    ca suxs

  2. AD Roberts says:

    Only two things will stop the corrupt leftist politicians/bureaucrats. !. Fear of God. 2. Fear for life

    It is obvious that they do not fear God. They probably do not believe that God even exists.

    That leaves it to the fear for the lives. And unless the government is successful in taking away EVERYONE'S guns, including criminals, that is a REAL THREAT. LOL

  3. Things of this nature would not be occurring had the framers expressly established the Constitution on the God of the Bible's immutable moral law as found in His commandments, statutes, and judgments. Had the following, for example, been included, they would not have needed the Second Amendment:

    "Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; to execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye Yah." (Psalm 149:6-9)

    The God-expected responsibility to bear arms in defense of ourselves, our families, and neighbors has been incrementally taken away from us since the Second Amendment was added as a part of the Bill of Rights to the Constitution. That's right, they did it to us again by framing the argument as one regarding a Second Amendment right rather than a Biblical responsibility.

    You might be surprised by Larry Pratt's (Executive Director of Gun Owner of America) views regarding this very thing. Click on my name above, go to our Broadcast Library Page, and click on the third entry from the top, entitled "Interview with Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America."

  4. Liberalism is a debilitating disease and needs to be banned from anything public. This sickness that has engulfed our country
    is far worse than any cancer. It destroys any ability to use even the smallest amount of common sense. Decency, honor, personal
    integrity and honesty are being destroyed by this disease and it is completely eradicating this country at EVERY level.

  5. Just another case of government killing opportunity and economic growth, at the same time it levies onerous taxes and fees without allowing people the means to pay for them. Anarchy is looking more attractive every day.

  6. Interesting.. seems the COunty of Alameda, california, has quite the history of its elected and appointed "officials" making their own anti-gun laws. Those of their own state government are draconian anough, but no, they are not ocntent with that. They seem to ahve taken it upon themselves to effect a county wide gun ban…. this time I believe they will expend rather a large sum of taxpayers' doillars to defend their untenable position.It is not the first time they have done. M eanwhile they curtail "services" to their constituents, the same ones who have elected them and entrusted them wtih taking care of them. Their priorities stink. As do their constituents for failing to hold their feet to the fire, or rid themselves of these clowns.

  7. One problem, Criminals will always be able to obtain guns even if here were a nation wide bans on guns…..this would merely create the biggest and baddest Black Markets imaginable!