Ames poised to pass a bill of attainder. h/t Tam
That's my hometown. Every once and a while I wonder if I made the right decision in moving to Florida, it is stories like this that confirm my decision to get out of Iowa was the right one for me.
I don't think it's really a bill of attainder, (Tam's snark) but it's frighteningly close. The way people react and city councils respond is very close to treating gun businesses as tainted and doing all in their power to eliminate them from their jurisdictions.
Other municipalities have run into legal issues about banning JUST gun businesses in residentially zoned areas, but none in Iowa as far as I know. What happens is a court challenge to the ordinance or zoning discovers you cannot ban just a certain type of business from residential areas and that banning a garage gun shop also means you must ban all home based businesses.
A small bit of history. Ames is a fairly large city for Iowa. Yet if you wanted to buy a gun you had to leave town to do so. The closest FFL was Jacobson's Gun Center 15 miles north in Story City. There used to be an FFL on Main Street in Ames, Zimm's Sporting Goods, but constant harassment and Wal Mart undercutting their prices killed them off. In their last two years on main they were no longer an FFL because the city had made life too difficult via zoning. I got to hear the whole story from the owner when I asked why he'd moved from the large building he'd been in for decades to the tiny one he was in when I asked.
At present there's just a single storefront FFL in Ames, Jax Outdoor Gear. Selling guns is ancillary to their business and they are definitely of the Fudd focus.
Ames' hostility to gun based businesses is not new. What is new is there is a groundswell of resistance to the ordinances that ban such businesses.
So, Ames reader, where are you going to be on October 23rd? Fighting for your rights or passively observing their erosion?
UPDATE: The first comment is not from someone who lives in Ames. Oh, bitter irony; we meet again...
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