New Jersey gun owners have been on a real rollercoaster ride since the NYSRPA v Bruen decision liberated them. New Jerseyans went from essentially no-issue, to shall-issue (with other new roadblocks), to can’t carry anywhere, to further litigation returning some liberties. Governor Phil Murphy, who seems to be eyeing a run for the White House, has pressured every entity in the state to obstruct the law abiding gun owner from exercising their rights. Recently the Casino Association of New Jersey announced that they’d be banning firearms from the nine casinos in Atlantic City.
The hotly covered and debated “carry-killer” bill, that was alleged to be drafted and written by Murphy flunky Assemblyman Joe Danileson, completely eviscerated New Jersey permit to carry holders’ ability to carry anywhere. One of the places singled out where firearm possession was to be prohibited under the new law was casinos.
There have been two lawsuits launched by a number of organizations including; the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) acting independently for their members, and the Second Amendment Foundation, the Firearms Policy Coalition, the Coalition of New Jersey Firearm Owners, and New Jersey Second Amendment Society acting in tandem for thiers. The result of these suits were two separate temporary restraining orders restricting the state from enforcing different provisions of the unconstitutional law. One of the so-called sensitive locations affected by the order(s) were casinos, allowing permit holders to again possess firearms on said properties.
In a statement, Scott Bach, the Executive Director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs said, “The casino association has announced to the world that their patrons are unable to defend themselves. Criminals now know where to seek victims who cannot fight back. If the casinos don’t provide their own armed security, they’d better have good liability insurance.”
The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs is further calling for a state-wide boycott of the casinos in Atlantic city.
ANJRPC is calling upon the Garden State’s one million gun owners to boycott all Atlantic City casinos, in the wake of an orchestrated joint effort to ban right to carry on casino premises as “private property.” Given the many millions in taxpayer-funded bailouts of those casinos over many years, it is debatable whether their property can even qualify as “private” anymore. But either way, gun owners are encouraged to vote with their feet and shun all establishments attempting to ban Second Amendment rights.
Last week, the Casino Association of New Jersey issued a statement on behalf of all Atlantic City casinos banning right to carry on all casino property, in order to ensure “the well-being and safety of our guests and employees.” See the statement by CLICKING HERE. See news coverage of the announcement by CLICKING HERE and HERE.
It’s not known if any pressure was put on the Casino Association by the Governor’s office, but we can all but imagine that there might have been some communications on the subject. At the end of every trail of infringement concerning carry in the Garden State, there seems to be a concerted effort all pointing back to the executive branch, and it just oozes with a RICO-like stench. Of the Casino Association’s potential ties to the state, ANJRPC did point out some inconvenient possibilities that the courts could have a field day with.
Casinos have received millions in taxpayer-funded bailouts for many years, including recently under the Murphy Administration, which may have leaned on the owners to ban carry if they are to receive further state funding. Ironically, that state funding may jeopardize the casino ban itself, since government-funded entities may be prohibited from banning the exercise of constitutional rights.
Please do not patronize Atlantic City casinos, and stay tuned for further updates.
ANJRPC, along with the other noted organizations, are doing some serious heavy lifting to squish the temper tantrums that Murphy, the New Jersey legislature, and their ilk in the county level judicial branch, have all been engaging in. While there’s still a fairly long road ahead for New Jersey gun owners, they can at least enjoy the relief they’re gaining along the way. There’s no reason why they shouldn’t send a clear message to private companies that adopting an anti-liberty stance won’t be tolerated. The casinos in this case are rolling the bones and the people very well may have the upperhand.