While homeownership may be a key part of the American dream, a lot of people rent their homes. Why they do it is irrelevant. What matters is that their money is good and they are (usually) good tenants, right?
It seems that’s not enough for one New Jersey outfit. They also want to tell you that you’re not allowed to own guns if you want to live in one of their properties.
Another “nobody is trying to take your guns” success story. It has come to our attention that a housing development group called RPM Development Group is prohibiting their tenants from owning firearms. You have two choices: keep your gun(s) or become homeless. A new low for the anti-gun bigots!
While Mom’s Demand Action claims that “nobody wants to take your guns away,” one common theme keeps happening: our guns are being taken away either by usurpation or now by being barred from having them in our rental apartments. Despite the fact that the Supreme Court’s Heller decision states that we have a constitutional right to own and bear firearms in our homes, RPM Development Group believes they are immune.
We were made aware that this sign was posted at RPM’s Richardson Lofts at 50 Columbia Street, Newark NJ. A search of RPM’s available properties shows they have multiple properties and buildings throughout NJ.
So are we.
On one hand, I can’t help but wonder how this is remotely legal. On the other hand, I remember I’m a big proponent of property rights and since RPM owns the property, what they say should go.
But what they’re saying is ridiculous.
It’s one thing to not want illegal guns on your rental property. I wounldn’t want to be renting a house or apartment to an armed criminal, either. I don’t think anyone would really disagree with that.
We’re not talking about crooks, though. We’re talking about law-abiding citizens who own firearms for recreation and/or personal defense. This is a lawful purpose and no one should get in the way of that right. What’s next? Is RPM going to ban people from owning cars, as well? After all, they’re responsible for more deaths each and every year than firearms.
This, right here, is what anti-gunners want for all of us. It’s not enough to oppose private ownership of firearms. Not for them.
No, they also want to press and push until those with guns are forced to live as exiles. They want to stigmatize us to such a degree that we’re not able to function in society. That includes making it harder for us to find places to live. After all, a little less than 65 percent of all American households own their own home. That leaves a lot of people still renting.
If something like this catches on, a lot of those people will be in a tough spot. They either have to lie and pretend they don’t have guns, or they have to find new places to live, places that don’t put these kinds of restrictions on their tenants.
However, we’ve also seen that financial institutions and the government aren’t above trying to press private industry into adopting anti-gun policies. How long until this spreads?
This is something to keep a wary eye on.