Famed gun maker, Smith and Wesson, is taking aim at New Jersey. The company is suing the Garden State for attacking Smith and Wesson with claims of “false advertising” in order to restrict Second Amendment Rights.
In a federal lawsuit recently filed in New Jersey, Smith & Wesson claims New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has tried everything in his power to curtail gun sales in his state, and that he is now sifting through decades of company advertisements and marketing materials in an “extra-legal attempt to restrict the right to bear arms.”
In October, Grewal filed administrative subpoenas seeking evidence of fraudulent advertising from the gun manufacturer. The subpoenas request documentation related to advertisements that claim firearms make a home safer, an untrained homeowner could use a Smith & Wesson firearm safely and effectively to defend his home, and whether guns enhance one’s lifestyle.
“The Subpoena presents no legitimate inquiry into any purported fraud, and instead targets mere opinions and other protected statements allegedly made by Smith & Wesson,” the company claims. It seeks a court order enjoining the subpoenas and declaring them unconstitutional.
Citing 248 million results in Google searches of “do guns make you safer” as proof that many Americans believe firearms make them safer, Smith & Wesson says New Jersey’s false advertisement subpoenas should be a dead-end legal theory.
Smith & Wesson also says the subpoenas are politically motivated, noting that Grewal has partnered with several anti-Second Amendment groups, like Do Not Stand Idly By, to seek new methods to restrict gun ownership.
“Smith & Wesson is a good corporate citizen that is a leader on gun safety initiatives in the industry,” the lawsuit states. “What the Attorney General seeks to do through his actions is impermissible as long as the guarantees of free speech and the right to bear arms remain in the Constitution.”
In 2018, the Governor of NJ, Phil Murphy, a Democrat, announced that gun manufacturers would be listed in monthly reports showing the source for every “crime gun” recovered by police in the state.
Gun manufacturers have called that kind of “Name and Shame” legislation in NJ and other states, unreasonable and purely “agenda-driven,” likening it to announcing which car was used in a drunk driving fatality.
In this suit in particular, S&W said, “The intentional overreach of the facially invalid Subpoena and punitive intent of the Attorney General’s ‘name and shame’ initiative makes no sense as an exercise of prosecutorial authority, but they make perfect sense when seen for what they really are – the latest chapter in efforts by anti-Second Amendment Activists, hostile to the private ownership of firearms, to impose, through coercion, a gun control agenda which they largely have been unable to impose through federal or state legislative process or through the courts…”
9 thoughts on “Smith and Wesson Takes Aim at New Jersey’s Attack on the 2nd Amendment”
NJ politicians are useless, corrupt and have committed violations of the professional law governing conduct of lawyers. Their capital is in tatters.
The capital is in tatters? The whole state is in tatters — and I was raised in Philly and suburban NJ.
I hope that Smith & Wesson prevails in this case. The underhanded, scumbag Communist Democraps will try anything to neutralize the Second Amendment.
Win and sue both the state and the AG (ash hat).
I agree with S&W, NJ district attorney is terribly wrong. No different than implying that GM is responsible for a hit and run crime! You’ll never see NJ harassing the auto industry!
I would love to see a Class Action Lawsuit leveled against the entire Democratic party, including Biden’s entire family, the Clintons, Obama and all of the Democratic public officials for the Fraud committed during the 2020 election, the Treason committed, the illegal transferring of Democratic people going to Georgia to over throw the Republican Candidates, all of the people involved in the Fraud committed during the election process, all of the High Tech Executives in Silicon Valley, George Soros and his entire family, Warren Buffet, and all of the Executives involved in the Dominion machines fraudulent voting system.
Yes I TOTALLY agree to get back our taxpayer money ridiculously spent on the Russia Hoax, Mueller Probe, etc. to hit ALL the Dems and their Party implicated. Hit them all in their pockets since they all seem to be Teflon coated when it comes to our judicial system that does nothing. Let’s get Covington Lawyer Lin Wood and Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani to go after them.
This is typical of politics. They have tried time after time to take away our 2nd Ammendment. We do have the right to own guns and we do it responsibly. They have their priorities screwed up as usual. They should be going after the thugs on the streets that kill people and break in decent people homes. They won’t get my guns!!!
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