Smith & Wesson Sue New Jersey’s Anti-Gun Attorney General Grewal

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- New Jersey's tyrannical Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal, is adding to his dubious list of anti-Second Amendment activism.  On 15 December 2020, Smith & Wesson sued Grewal, asking for relief, for using his office to violate the First Amendment, Second Amendment, as well as the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment protections of the U.S. Constitution.

Defense Distributed won a significant victory in September of 2020, with the Fifth Circuit agreeing Defense Distributed could sue AG Grewal in Texas. The case is ongoing and alleges Grewal violated Defense Distributed's First Amendment rights.

The Smith & Wesson lawsuit is about a subpoena issued on October 13, 2020, by Grewal, alleging fraud on the part of Smith & Wesson, for advertising with claims such as Smith & Wesson products are safe, or they enhance a person's lifestyle.

From the lawsuit:

1. The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to free speech “no matter whether the government disagrees with that speech. Benjamin Franklin articulated it this way: “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government . . . . When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved.”1 Indeed, governments throughout history have abused their power by punishing speech to suppress dissent and harm political opponents. 

2. Following in the abusive footsteps of these repressive regimes, the New Jersey Attorney General has taken a series of actions to suppress Smith & Wesson’s speech, and with the intention of damaging Smith & Wesson both financially and reputationally. The most recent such action is the issuance of an administrative subpoena (the “Subpoena”) on October 13, 2020 that allegedly seeks evidence of consumer fraud relating to advertising – but in reality, it seeks to Amendment agenda that the Attorney General publicly committed to pursue. 

3. The Subpoena presents no legitimate inquiry into any purported fraud, and instead targets mere opinions and other protected statements allegedly made by Smith & Wesson, such as (1) whether Smith & Wesson’s products are “safe,” make a home safer, or enhance one’s lifestyle; (2) whether an untrained consumer could successfully and effectively use a Smith & Wesson firearm for personal or home defense; and (3) whether private citizens should have the right to carry a concealed firearm. The only fraud here is the Attorney General’s abuse of his position to suppress a political viewpoint with which he disagrees.

Grewal is expanding one of the lines of attack against the Second Amendment pioneered in Connecticut, where private parties sued Bushmaster in an attempt to avoid the protections given by the United States Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA).

The lawsuit was allowed to proceed because it claimed Bushmaster violated a broad and vague provision of Connecticut consumer law.  They claimed the lawsuit was valid, under the theory Remington had illegally marketed the rifle by “glorifying its use to civilians.” That appears to be a direct violation of Remington's First Amendment rights.

Gurbir Grewal is a Sikh, not a Muslim or Hindu.  He was born in New Jersey of Indian immigrant parents. Grewal seems to be ignorant about guns. He grew up in an extremely restrictive firearms environment.  New Jersey is one of six states which does not have protection for the right to keep and bear arms in its constitution. The other five without such a provision are California, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, and New York.

Grewal's foundational philosophy appears to be a form of progressivism. Progressivism detests the concept of the Second Amendment in its bones.

With the unwillingness of the Court to take on Second Amendment cases for 10 years, many Second Amendment supporters were hopeful the appointment of three originalists by the Trump administration would break the logjam.

Now, the same supporters are wondering if the Court will uphold the First Amendment, or nullify the First Amendment when it comes to Firearms.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Tionico
Tionico
23 days ago

I understand this mindset. It has more to do with the culture from which he sprang than his being sikh, because that vulture has signficantly influenced the sikh core beliefs. A dear friend of mine was born and raised in Ceylon, then mainland India itself. He grew up in a christian family, (Anglican/CofE) and, now a grandfather, and solid Believer, still has an inordinate fear of firearms. I know it comes from the old British colonial suppression of any means of pushing back. They had learned the hard way when these American Collonies refused to disarm, ad threw them all… Read more »

PMinFl
PMinFl
23 days ago

How many chickens do we have? It seems that some are expecting the Trump appointees to actually follow the constitution, where were they in his challenge against the voting irregularities? Hiding in the hen house along with the others. Now you think that they will support the constitution in second amendment issues. I’m afraid not, maybe the current atmosphere of violence towards non marxist foes has chased them inside? I think a day of reckoning is coming, one where Americans can stand tall, unafraid.

TNJEWBOY
TNJEWBOY
23 days ago

I wouldn’t make any excuses for this Harvard trained elitist Sikh louse.
He needs (along with many others) to be removed from office by any means.

The late Aaron Zellman was very supportive of the Sikhs. I wonder if this little bastard would change his mind.?

Most of these children of immigrants want US disarmed and dumbed down so they can take over.

None of them should be trusted. That includes people (?) like Nikki Halley.

Last edited 23 days ago by TNJEWBOY
Grim
Grim
22 days ago
Reply to  TNJEWBOY

Ah yes, multiculturism at its best!