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Good luck with that

NJ Gov to sign an order limiting doing business with companies that don’t support gun control. To wit:

Under the executive order, the state, which purchases an estimated $70 million in firearms and related equipment annually, will refuse to do business with gun manufacturers and retailers that lack policies that deny guns to people with a history of mental illness or domestic abuse, the New York Times first reported. Retailers that wish to keep the states business will be required to prevent, detect and screen for the transfer of firearms to straw purchasers or firearm traffickers.

Murphys order will also deny the roughly $1 billion in financial-transaction fees the state pays annually to banks that have relationships with gun manufacturers and retailers that adhere to permissive policies.

Why anyone would do business with New Jersey is beyond me.

9 Responses to “Good luck with that”

  1. pkoning Says:

    Unfortunately, few executives have the integrity (and the power to make it stick) that Ronnie Barrett does.

  2. Bruce Says:

    Well, a billion dollars in transaction fees will get any bank’s attention regardless of who they are coming from.

  3. mikee Says:

    Am I missing something here, or did the NJ governor just insist that gun companies abide by existing laws, and not any strange new laws, but laws of long standing and common practice among all firearms businesses? This sure looks like an opportunity for graft and selective denial of business with the state (i.e., an opportunity for graft) rather than anything to do with gun safety, gun laws, or gun violence.

  4. Ravenwood Says:

    Seems like a back-door Operation Chokepoint:

    “Murphys order will also deny the roughly $1 billion in financial-transaction fees the state pays annually to banks that have relationships with gun manufacturers and retailers that adhere to permissive policies.”

    Also seems like Tortious Interference.

  5. PWilliams Says:

    It sounds like they’re requiring gun manufacturers to do the state’s job without the state’s resources.

  6. JTC Says:

    “…manufacturers and retailers that adhere to permissive policies.”

    What the hell does that even mean?

  7. rickn8or Says:

    JTC, whatever the Governor wants it to mean.

  8. Sigivald Says:

    “with gun manufacturers and retailers that lack policies that deny guns to people with a history of mental illness or domestic abuse”

    Gun manufacturers have the policy (enforced by Federal law) that they sell only to Federally licensed wholesalers and gun dealers who perform legally mandated background checks on transfers to individuals.

    They literally cannot have a “policy” that somehow makes third parties ask customers “do you have such a history?” and confirms the truth of that statement.

    The requirement is either impossible or already being met.

    The former should make it fail in any court challenge.

  9. Lyle Says:

    It’s essentially a political ideology test before one may engage in commerce. What could possibly be wrong with that?