7/10/2011

Small restaurants in Newark, NJ are being required to have armed guards in them

Having a uniformed armed guard in these restaurants makes no sense. If an attack were still to occur in these restaurants, the single uniformed arm guard would be the first person killed in the attack. The benefit of citizens carrying concealed is that the attackers don't know who is armed before they attack. From Reuters. The cost of Newark's program is also dramatically higher than a right-to-carry law.

Small restaurants in the city of Newark, New Jersey will be required to have an armed security guard at night under a new law approved by the city council.
The rule comes in the wake of a drive-by shooting in May at the Texas Fried Chicken and Pizza restaurant, where an off-duty Newark police officer was killed.
Under the ordinance, approved by the council unanimously on Thursday, restaurants that serve 15 or fewer people must hire an armed guard to stand watch after 9 p.m. Those unwilling to pay for a security guard must close by 10 p.m.
"If they want to stay open that late, they should provide security. If not, they should close," said Councilman Ras Baraka, who wrote the bill, in a telephone interview.
"These restaurants who serve 15 or less people, walk-in eateries where you get your food and you leave, they are havens for criminal activity," said Keith Hamilton, an aide to Baraka.
Jamil Nahiam, owner of the restaurant where the shooting occurred, said he opposes the ordinance, saying it places an expensive and unfair burden on small business owners to do something that should be the responsibility of the police.
"The ordinance is going to put us out of business. If that's what his intention was, I think he's going to succeed," Nahiam said in a telephone interview. . . .


Thanks to Chris Borneman for pointing out this link.

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Blogger Chas said...

"The ordinance is going to put us out of business."

Markie Marxist sez: "Ha! Ha! It's a one-two punch to knock out capitalist enterprises in Newark! Our Marxist/warrior/hero/criminals attack capitalist businesses, and our Marxist/warrior/hero/politicians finish the businesses off with an expensive legal requirement that amounts to blaming the capitalists for the crime! Of course, our Marxist politicians there take no responsibility for the crime they've engendered, or for the lack of adequate response to it that permits it to continue. It just wouldn't be common communist sense for them to do that, now would it? Not when we're winning! Ha! Ha!"

7/10/2011 11:38 AM  
Blogger John A said...

That such can be proposed is just "normal" if you define it very broadly. But that the whole of the City Council could appprove it is, or should be, abnormal.

Noted are small "Mom and Pop" type food outlets. But 10PM to, say, 5AM would also cover Dunkin` Donuts, McDonald`s. Burger King, and other "chain" servers. And what of other types of business? Drug Stores? Some grocery stores offer 24 hour opening times. Heck, how about ATM's? Gas stations?

7/10/2011 6:19 PM  

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