Officials in a California City Threaten Gun Store Over Sign Featuring An AR-15, “Take Down That Sign Or Go To Jail”…
Having lived in California my whole life I am often embarrassed to admit that’s where I live. It is stories like this that show what weak minded and weak stomached citizens we have in the state. National City officials are upset over the picture of an AR-15 being on a gunstore sign.
Apparently the mere sight of a gun is just too much to handle.
Via Freedom Outpost:
Ares Armor is a small tactical company that operates a store in National City, California. Recently the town of National City disapproved of a sign displayed at the National City store location and told the store, “Take down the sign or go to jail. We do not approve of guns…or you.”
The store has been in compliance with the law and was not doing anything illegal. So why is there a fuss? It’s because of the guns and the message of freedom being promoted by Ares Armor.
Dimitri Karces is a Marine veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan and CEO of Ares Armor. His staff include other Marines veterans as well. [...]
Prior to the city speaking to him about the sign, Dimitri says that a uniformed officer stopped by and took pictures from outside. Dimitri’s neighbor told him that the city didn’t like what they had on their sign, a picture of an AR-15. Notice that the issue was not the sign itself. It was not its dimensions or it being obstructive, but its message.
Dimitri told Freedom Outpost that he invited officers to the store to take pictures and ask questions, which they did. One officer even put his career on the line by telling Dimitri how the city viewed the sign, according to Dimitri.
What happened following the visit by the officer is that Ares Armor received a letter from the city threatening fines and jail time until the sign was removed.
Ares Armor confirmed with Freedom Outpost that the AR-15 sign was merely a replacement of a previous sign, but not an entirely new sign. The sign had been erected for some time and displayed a banner from another tenant in the same building.
Dimitri says that National City is “putting off the vibe” that they want him and his store to pack up and leave. So far, Ares Armor has spent $10,000 in the appeals process seeking justice from what appears to be a tyrannical city that doesn’t seem to respect the Second Amendment.
I wish city officials would be more concerned over the safety of the citizens from dangerous crimes like rapes, assaults, burglaries, theft, murder, arson over marine veterans running their small business how they see fit. According to citydata.com, National City dangerous crime is almost 50% higher compared to it’s nearest cities.
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