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New Jersey Gun Group Sues State Government for Outdoor Shooting Ranges

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On May 12, 2020, the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) filed a federal lawsuit against the State of New Jersey to reopen outdoor ranges.

Governor Phil Murphy shut down these ranges on March 21, 2020 via executive order.

In the meantime, Murphy has allowed parks, golf courses, and tennis courts to reopen.

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Scott Bach of Ammoland noted that these are “outdoor facilities that are purely recreational and do not facilitate any Constitutionally protected activity” and “can no longer pretend to have any legal argument for blocking the Second Amendment right of citizens to build and maintain firearms proficiency at outdoor ranges.”

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The lawsuit can be read here.

Murphy’s executive order closed down all ranges and gun stores due to concerns over the Wuhan virus pandemic. ANJRPC then immediately sued the state to reopen gun stores. Murphy reversed course before a court compelled him to rescind this order.

Additionally, ANJRPC has plans to sue regarding the shutdown of indoor ranges, but they’ll play the waiting game on the matter.

The New Jersey pro-gun organization is ready to take this new case to the Supreme Court if need be.

Bach noted Murphy’s ulterior motive regarding the his anti-gun executive orders:

Governor Murphy has even admitted that his assault on the Second Amendment was motivated by his hatred of guns, not by safety concerns about Coronavirus. When recently asked by a reporter why he didn’t deem Second Amendment facilities to be “essential,” he stated, “a safer society for my taste has fewer guns and not more guns.” He said nothing about Coronavirus, which is apparently just his pretext for shutting down the Second Amendment.

Hopefully, Second Amendment activists come out on top here.

A generalized crisis that has nothing to do with gun policy should not be used as a pretext take power.

 

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Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting

They say they’re not changing their name.

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The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.

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But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.

Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.

The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.

The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.

It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.

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