JPFO Breaks New Legal Ground , Confirms Private Right To Sell Firearms

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -(Ammoland.com)- The noted civil-rights group Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, jpfo.org, has filed an amicus brief supporting a gun-store owner who has been blocked in California from opening an important new shop.

To get started, the new owners, three partners, navigated a bewildering maze of red tape and an Alameda County zoning ordinance that required their gun store to be 500 feet from certain other properties.

Then the County changed the way it measures distances, after the owners started up. Door to door footage had suddenly become from wall to property line. Other obstacles sprang up—that were insurmountable—eliminating any place to put the new facility. Their perfectly legal business and constitutionally protected property were redlined.

The 9th Circuit Court, in a lengthy three-judge-panel ruling properly overturned the lower district court.

“The Court recognized that taking away the means of exercising a fundamental right takes away the right itself,” said Rabbi Dovid Bendory, the group's Rabbinic Director, commenting on the decision, “but now the full 9th Circuit is going to review the case, and that could spell trouble for those who support the rights protected by the Second Amendment.”

The County petitioned and was granted a full en banc review, in an effort to overturn the three-judge panel's pro-civil-rights decision.

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JPFO's brief presents important new historical information in a compelling, fast-moving way, that has never appeared in any Second Amendment brief. This includes the arms commerce rights expressly guaranteed in the 1606 Virginia Charter and the 1620 New England Charter. The brief describes British attempts to prohibit arms commerce in Colonial times from 1774-83 in great detail, all of it thoroughly documented.

“The JPFO brief makes it clear that commercial activity in firearms and gunpowder was routinely practiced in the Colonies, right down to foreign trade,” added Alan Korwin, a gun-law expert and consultant to JPFO. “The British Crown's attempt to ban this activity by law and by force aroused the Colonists and was a key factor in precipitating the American Revolution,” he notes.

JPFO supports the historical record and current liberty to buy and sell guns as a routine part of American life.

Copies of JPFO's amicus brief and the Teixeira panel decision are available on the JPFO website, jpfo.org. The amicus brief was written for JPFO by David B. Kopel and Joseph G.S. Greenlee.

 

About Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership:

Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership Mission is to destroy “gun control” and to encourage Americans to understand and defend all of the Bill of Rights for everyone. Those are the twin goals of Wisconsin-based Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO). Founded by Jews and initially aimed at educating the Jewish community about the historical evils that Jews have suffered when they have been disarmed, JPFO has always welcomed persons of all religious beliefs who share a common goal of opposing and reversing victim disarmament policies while advancing liberty for all.

JPFO is a non-profit tax-exempt educational civil rights organization, not a lobby. JPFO’s products and programs reach out to as many segments of the American people as possible, using bold tactics without compromise on fundamental principles. Visit their website.

5 thoughts on “JPFO Breaks New Legal Ground , Confirms Private Right To Sell Firearms

  1. I ardently support JPFO, Inc. As a Second Amendment activist, voter, etc. I endorse JPFO, Inc. in numerous
    letters to the editor of various newspapers. The other pro-gun institution I likewise embrace of course is
    The John Birch Society in Appleton, Wisconsin at http://www.jbs.org and http://www.thenewamerican.com, respectively.
    Both JPFO, Inc. and the JBS are non-NRA affiliated. This isn’t to discredit the NRA though. The NRA
    itself deserves the moral high ground on teaching hunter’s safety, firearms education, women’s safety
    and protection, and much more. But JPFO, Inc. and The John Birch Society delved deep into the
    proper role of government, for instance, and likewise expose what remains hidden, concealed, and
    censored from the public. Also, remembrance of the evil godless totalitarian institution of National Socialism:
    Communism, Nazism, and Fascism.

    James A. “Jim” Farmer
    Merrill, Oregon (Klamath County)

  2. If someone had the balls to take some of these politicians to task and actually be able to lock them up for violating the Constitution maybe others would stop and think before they serve some time for the same illegal nonsense. I think there are areas where they are so obsessed with gun control and that is all they think about while everything else around them falls apart.
    They, the antiguners, should be prohibited from owning guns because they are not stable and cannot manage their affairs.

    1. As well and throughly proven by a FORMER California legislator,, THE most rabid anti gun Assemblyman in the state at the time (about two years ago) author of a number of nasty anti-gun bills, most of which became law, which laws now torment the libety minded in that state…. this man, making it his life’s work in overseeing the citizens of that sorry state, was caught, charged, tried, convicted, and now serves prison time for his illegal gun running operation. No, not just selling a few handguns at a gun show. No, brokering deals for container loads of military grade (yes, full automatic with thirty magazine round clips and the shoulder things that go up) and laundering the money to pay for them, these to be shipped to various “hot spots” round the planet hell bent upon using such force to overthrow legitimate governments, and over-run and enslave indigenous people groups. Yes, Leland Yee is behind bars for breaking “common sense gun control laws”, some of whcih HE put in place to subdue the rest of us. And whatever the sentence is he is serving, it is nowhere near long enough. No, I take that back. It is already far to long. A strong case could be made that his unlawful trade in arms was treasnoous, and we all remember the traditional sentence for that crime is. Should have been served long ago.

  3. JPFO has lots of documented history comparing the 1968 GCA to the 1938 NAZI gun laws.
    Another constitutional issue is ex post facto law.
    “Then the County changed the way it measures distances, after the owners started up. Door to door footage had suddenly become from wall to property line. Other obstacles sprang up—that were insurmountable—eliminating any place to put the new facility. Their perfectly legal business and constitutionally protected property were redlined.”

    The county changed the law after the fact, that is ex post facto, a practice banned by the U S Constitution . Currently the courts only apply the ex post facto clause to criminal law, but that is not what was intended by the Founders.

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