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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 5/25/2003 8:54:23 AM EDT
HERE'S AN INTERESTING FIRST/SECOND AMENDMENT CASE from New Jersey:


The district has agreed to distribute to students three age-appropriate fliers prepared by the NRA affiliate, the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs. These fliers are slated to be provided to public school students today.

The lawsuit was based on the Montclair public schools’ dissemination of fliers from Ceasefire New Jersey, a gun-control group with a regional headquarters located in the township, to students three years ago. The fliers advocated attending a rally in Trenton to support childproof handgun legislation.

After two parents failed to convince the Montclair School District to distribute fliers that advocated attending a rally opposing the childproof handgun bill, the Montclair couple joined with the association in filing a lawsuit against the district, charging it was advocating only one side of a two-sided societal issue.

“The lawsuit is based on the First and 14th amendments,” said Scott Bach, the association’s executive vice president and an attorney. “You can’t use publicly funded institutions to stifle debate on one side of an issue. If you open the door to one side, you have to open the door to the other side.”


The District said it "inadvertently" allowed the anti-gun flyers to be distributed. It's funny, isn't it, how often we see people "inadvertently" favoring the anti-gun side of the debate, and how seldom they make such mistakes in the other direction?

posted at 04:28 PM by Glenn Reynolds
Link Posted: 5/25/2003 11:08:34 AM EDT
I was aware of this case and the history surrounding it but I didn't know it was resolved.

They must be sooooooo pissed off about this. I can just imagine the reactions when those parents pull out pro-gun flyers from their kids backpacks! Unfortunately, the 'wrongness' of what occurred initially was not appropriately answered, IMHO...
Link Posted: 5/25/2003 2:39:32 PM EDT
Its NJ. Unfortunatley it can happen anywhere.
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