UPDATE: West Deptford approves Sweeney-inspired picketing ordinance

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Protesters peacefully protest in front of Sen. Sweeney's residence (6/7/15)
Protesters peacefully protest in front of Sen. Sweeney’s residence (6/7/15)

Did the First Amendment take it on the chin tonight in West Deptford, Save Jerseyans?

An ordinance which we were the first to report on last month attained final passage Wednesday night following a strict 3-to-2 party-line vote.

Henceforth, protesters can’t picket within 100 feet of residential properties and no more than 10 people can show up for one hour intervals every two weeks. Protesters also need to give the township police a 24-hour heads up or face a $2,000 fine and/or up to 90 days in jail in addition to community service.

The Democrat-controlled township government, you’ll recall, brought the ordinance forth after Second Amendment activists peacefully protested in front of Senate President Steve Sweeney’s West Deptford home, two Sundays in a row, following the murder of South Jersey hairdresser Carol Bowne.

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18 thoughts on “UPDATE: West Deptford approves Sweeney-inspired picketing ordinance

  1. Did they make an exception for union picketing so Sweeney can picket corporate executives like in the past?

  2. Well…..I’m not entirely on board with this issue for transparency concerns that I have, BUT it looks like the line in the sand has been drawn, and it’s don’t shoot till you see the whites of their eye’s. This is a serious concern on a number of levels, and needs to be challenged through the courts IF the 2ND Amendment group is serious and they will put on their man pant’s so to speak and test the ordinance on the ground in WestDeptford. Anything less is political grandstanding.

  3. Mr. Gonzalez- It has nothing to do with location or private residences. It has to do with your basic civil rights and constitutional freedoms. How would you feel if your local politicians told you which god you could worship or who you had to vote for. Please protect your rights or someday they will be removing one you do care about.

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