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Koscielski v. City of Minneapolis
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Mark Koscielski (Plaintiff) leased a site within the Minneapolis, Minnesota city limits to operate a firearms store. The City of Minneapolis (Defendant) thereafter enacted a moratorium prohibiting firearms dealers from locating within the city limits, but was unsuccessful in applying the moratorium retroactively against Plaintiff. The City then enacted a new ordinance requiring firearms dealers to obtain special use permits and locate within particular areas sufficiently distant from day care centers and churches. However, Plaintiff’s firearms store was allowed to continue operating under the old ordinance. In 2002, Plaintiff’s lease was terminated as part of a larger private redevelopment project. The City played no part in the cancellation of the lease. After unsuccessfully attempting to relocate his firearms store in accordance with the City’s zoning restrictions, Plaintiff leased a site in a zone, which did not permit firearms dealers. The City issued a cease and desist order. Plaintiff did not comply and filed suit against the City challenging the zoning ordinance on the ground that it violated the Due Process Clause, Equal Protection Clause, and the Takings Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The trial court granted the City’s motion for summary judgment on all counts. Plaintiff appealed.
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