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October 23, 2023
Oregon Man Claims Gun Store 'Violated His Second Amendment Rights' For His Antifa Support
An Oregon man claims that a gun store is refusing to sell him a firearm because of his affiliation with Antifa.
Should your political beliefs interfere with your purchasing power in regard to the Second Amendment?
I would argue that you can deny service to anyone and their grandmas for pretty much any reason at all. Obviously, this wouldn't include insignificant things like race. But pretty much in regards to anything other than race and sex, I cannot think of another protected class we should consider when it comes to buying a firearm.
According to the Post Millennial, Mark Iannicelli, a self-proclaimed Antifa member, alleges that Florence Gun Shop refused to service him the background check that is required to complete the sale of a firearm.
Iannicelli further alleges that he had already purchased the firearm from an online shop in Colorado, but that the gun shop denied the background check after he had provided them with a business card that included several links to websites, including one operated by Portland's Rose City Antifa.
"It's because I had given him this business card, and he said he didn't feel good about it because he didn't support Antifa, and I explained to him it's more like a movement," Iannicelli told KEZI. "You know I have never actually gone up there and marched with Antifa, but he was adamant he wasn't going to sell me the firearm."
Right, because being affiliated with Antifa just means that you're an “anti-fascist.” It was definitely not Antifa that terrorized Portland in 2020. Nope, because that is more “like a movement.”
Iannicelli believes the gun shop violated his right to bear arms, and that a gun retailer should not be permitted to refuse a background check based on political affiliation.
Unfortunately for the self-proclaimed “anti-fascist,” political ideology is not a protected class. But I guess that is not really common knowledge to the left even though it is usually them discriminating against conservatives. But progressives tend to lack self-awareness, so that could be why he was so confused.
"A person's ethnicity, their race, their political belief, their religion, like that…the guy's job is to sell guns," Iannicelli said. "You give a name card you know and it has some type of political group he doesn't like… he can simply throw the card away."
Obviously, Iannicelli’s rights were not violated because the government was not involved in this transaction. A private citizen or private party has no obligation or requirement to sell another person a firearm, or anything for that matter. Well, except for a cake. But that is beside the point.
Had the government been involved, then the argument would have been more valid. No official connected to the government denied him of his right to bear arms or any rights for that matter.
He added, "I feel like I'm being ripped off. I feel like because I have to pay two or three times more than the average citizen and have my Second Amendment rights violated," Iannicelli said. "I'm really getting screwed around… this shouldn't be happening in this country."
I would say it is definitely safe to assume that if an Antifa member had their own gun shop, they would be discriminating against conservatives all the time. But an Antifa member would not have a gun shop since they are probably not capable of running a business.
In case the Rose City Antifa affiliation was not enough to tell you how crazy this guy is, he also has several websites referencing "gangstalking" on his business card.
Gangstalking is "a set of persecutory beliefs in which those affected believe they are being followed, stalked, and harassed by a large number of people.”
He literally has an entire business card dedicated to his paranoid delusions. It does not sound as if he is mentally well, at least according to his business card.
Not only is the Second Amendment not implicated in this issue, but one may even argue that the gun shop owner had an obligation to society to refuse a transfer or sale to someone he considered misleading , unstable, or dangerous.
As a true liberal would say in this situation: go open up your own gun shop.