U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- “The vast population of this earth, and indeed nations themselves, may readily be divided into three groups. There are the few who make things happen, the many more who watch things happen, and the overwhelming majority who have no notion of what happens.”—Nicholas Murray Butler, president, Columbia University, 1931
So it seems to be within the firearms community, and there is a fourth group, those who report what happened so that all might know, and four people in the latter group are also members of the first; people who not only report what happens but are making things happen.
They have something in common. All write for AmmoLand News.
Four AmmoLand News correspondents—David Codrea, John Crump, Don McDougall and Alexander Roubian—have recently been involved in legal actions in defense of Second Amendment rights. Their cases may not seem like much individually, but each represents a piece of a larger landscape where, as the Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb has observed, their efforts will help “make the Second Amendment great again.”
Starting with David Codrea, he recently filed a legal action—reported here—challenging the Justice Department’s alleged “failure to turn over records relating to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking documentation of department actions in defense of the Second Amendment.”
Codrea is the award-winning journalist who broke the story about Operation Fast & Furious, the gun-running sting operation turned political debacle that has a genuine body count on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border as evidence of its massive failure. A veteran of the Second Amendment battle, Codrea’s byline has appeared in several publications over the years. His website and blog, “The War On Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is considered “must reading” by many grassroots activists.
In 2011, Codrea was honored by the Second Amendment Foundation as the “Journalist of the Year” for his investigative reporting that kept digging into the Fast and Furious fiasco.
In his latest lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Codrea asks for documents containing:
- Any and all Statements of Interest filed in lawsuits dealing with and/or related to the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution; and
- Any and all documents and records related to enforcement of the Second Amendment via 34 U.S.C. § 12601; and
- Any and all documents and records related to deliberations or discussions, including emails, correspondence, or memoranda, related to protecting and defending the Second Amendment.
In a telephone conversation, Codrea told AmmoLand News the process is still in its early stages.
“We are calling on (DOJ) to enforce our rights,” he explained. “The idea of DOJ doing rights enforcement has always been in the back of my mind.”
John Crump recently joined in a lawsuit against anti-gun Democrat Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, alleging the governor’s gun control measures violate Crump’s rights—and essentially the rights of every other Commonwealth gun owner—under Article 1, Section 13 of the Virginia Constitution.
Via email, Crump told AmmoLand News, “Gov. Northam decided to keep Northern Virginia shut down, including (gun) ranges. Earlier in Lynchburg, a state judge ruled that he couldn’t shut down ranges, but his decision only applied to one range. So, we are suing on the same grounds.”
Crump’s lawsuit, also involving the Silver Eagle Group, is seeking an emergency injunction against Northam. At this writing, the complaint had yet to be assigned to a judge, and a hearing would then be set.
“It will be fast,” John predicted. “Should be anytime now.”
When it comes to Second Amendment credentials, Crump has them. He’s a certified NRA firearms instructor and co-hosts The Patriot News Podcast. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC. He has covered the patriot movement, writing about the “Three-Percenters,” Oath Keepers, and our militia movement. A resident of Northern Virginia, one might describe him as “behind enemy lines.”
Don McDougall is another AmmoLand News contributor who has made national news while writing news. He is the named plaintiff in the federal lawsuit against California’s Ventura County, challenging the shutdown of gun dealers during the pandemic panic: McDougall v. County of Ventura. The county, as AmmoLand News readers learned here, recently “caved” on this restriction, allowing firearm and ammunition dealers throughout the county to re-open.
This case was supported by SAF, the Firearms Policy Coalition, and California Gun Rights Foundation. This is one of several cases involving both SAF and FPC filed around the country, including Massachusetts, Georgia, and New Mexico, challenging tenets of emergency orders that directly affect the Second Amendment rights of citizens.
Back in New Jersey—a literal “No Man’s Land” of anti-gun-rights sentiment—Alexander Roubian has been a busy fellow, filing a lawsuit against Gov. Phil Murphy back on April 28th, 2020. This is an unusual complaint, as it deals directly with a First Amendment issue: Freedom of the Press.
Regular AmmoLand News contributor, Roubian is president of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) and also president of Aiva Naturals, LLC, a food technology company. Roubian and NJ2AS sued Murphy and the New Jersey Press Association, alleging they have “collectively conspired to bar a reporter from accessing press conferences and public information.” Roubian is the journalist in question, allegedly barred from Murphy press conferences, for asking frustrating questions about the pandemic emergency orders in New Jersey that did not consider firearms and ammunition dealerships as “essential businesses.”
The 21-page complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, has several attachments and is worth reading.
(Note: Dave Workman, author of this report, was the plaintiff in Workman v. City of Seattle, a 2016 First Amendment case that forced the city to reveal its revenue from a gun and ammunition tax imposed hastily in 2015 in an effort to raise funds for reducing so-called “gun violence.” That lawsuit was supported by SAF, which owns TheGunMag.com, a periodical owned by the foundation, formerly known as GUN WEEK. Workman, a career journalist, is editor-in-chief of that publication.)
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