Little League Baseball Nixes Team Sponsorship for Gun Store Owner

A New Jersey man is upset that a baseball league has rejected his gun store as a Little League team sponsor, reported.

Matthew Carmel's son played in the South Orange-Maplewood Baseball League last year and he wanted to sponsor a team in the coming season. A sponsorship costs $300.

The league committee rejected his offer, and Carmel thinks that it is because his business happens to be a gun store called Constitution Arms.

"It is fairly clear that someone has a problem with firearms," he told

Carmel started the sponsorship process in October. He says after months of correspondence and delays he finally received a rejection from the league secretary via a short e-mail.

The e-mail read: "The committee asked me to thank you for Constitution Arms' offer to sponsor a team in the South Orange Maplewood youth baseball league. The Executive Committee of the league voted not to accept Constitution Arms as a sponsor. The committee did not give a reason for its decision."

Carmel says what really bothers him is that, while he was rejected, other approved league sponsors appear questionable, including businesses that sell or serve tobacco and alcohol.

He told that a restaurant called Cluck-U Chicken even got the OK.

Carmel says the very name is a play on profanity. And he says on a recent visit to the store there was a shirt displayed at the cash register with a scantily clad women with the words "Large Breasts, Juicy Thighs, Luscious Legs."

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