How the mighty seem to have fallen.Â I first wondered when a few months ago a friend of mine noticed that their domain was in redemption, basically meaning they hadn’t renewed it, and the registar was giving them a grace period where they could get the domain out.Â We had designs on grabbing it and using it to promote a pro-gun message.Â Alas the folks at New Jersey Coalition for Self-Defense got it before we did.Â We’re happy it at least ended up in the hands of a pro-gun group and not a domain farm.Â Their previous page can be found here, in case you were wondering.
Of course, this could just be some carelessness on the part of a volunteer, or on Bryan Miller’s part.Â I know he’s been rather busy lately losing in Trenton on his gun rationing scheme, so renewing the web site might not be much on his mind.
But a quick look through GuideStar shows they haven’t filed a form 990 since 2000, which means they are below the $25,000 income threshold for years.Â A quick search of New Jersey’s public charity search turns up nothing.Â The last address listed for CeaseFire turns out to be a church in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
But a quick check of their incorporation status turns up something interesting.Â From 2003 to 2008, their incorporation status was listed as suspended.Â They reincorporated last June, using a law office as their agent and mailing address for the corporation.Â Bryan Miller is listed as the incorporator.
I now believe CeaseFire New Jersey to either be entirely the creation and pet project of Bryan Miller, or very close to it.Â This likely means that CeaseFire is, in fact, effectively defunct as a political entity, even if it remains incorporated in name.Â In short, there is absolutely nothing backing up Bryan Miller, except perhaps his relationship with the media.Â For the “Garden State’s leading organization devoted to reducing gun violence,” their grass roots look an awful lot like a barren field of dirt.Â Legislators in New Jersey fearing Bryan Miller can threaten their seats should fear not.Â CeaseFire New Jersey truly is a paper tiger.