Ares Armor in National City, CA is battling for their 1st Amendment rights, while promoting the 2nd. These folks put up a billboard for their business, and are being threatened with legal action and jail time if they don’t take it down.
I’ll be honest in telling you that I’m not super familiar with Ares Armor, other than hearing their name a handful of times when scouring my Facebook feed, but after looking over their website, it appears that they do some custom kydex work and they sell 80% AR-15 lowers (You know, those “ghost guns” we talked about in Episode 65) and some other tactical gear.
The posted a really awesome billboard back in November that says:
Unserialized. No Registration. Legal.
As someone who is into guns, this is a pretty tame sign. It’s factual, clean, unoffensive, and gets the point across. Unfortunately, the powers that be in the community are trying to make them take down their sign by using some completely bogus interpretation of their city code.
According to the citation that was given to Ares Armor by the city, they are attempting to use city code 18.11.100 which has to do with businesses taking down their signs when they go out of business. Unfortunately for the city, I believe that Ares Armor is very much in business, so this particular code doesn’t really fit, and I imagine that the folks at Ares Armor won’t have too much trouble fighting it in front of a judge, as long as the judge has any respect for free speech.
I posted this not just because it’s about a gun related business who is being oppressed, but because there’s a lesson here. As gun owners, and supporters of the 2nd Amendment, we also need to be supporters of the 1st Amendment rights of Ares Armor, just like we support the 4th Amendment rights of Mr. Filippidis.
I think instead of pushing the “Pro2A” ideal, we should push “ProRights”, or “ProFreedom” instead. All of our rights are important.