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FREEDOM FIGHTER: NJ gym owner fined $1.2m for defying lockdown, vows not to pay

“We have proved you wrong. Our business has been running for 7 months with better safety protocol than the entities you are responsible for running.” 



A New Jersey gym owner who repeatedly defied coronavirus lockdowns and was fined nearly $1.2 million will not pay a single dollar. 

Ian Smith, co-owner of Atilis Gym, has received roughly 60 citations and is charged nearly $15,500 per each day that he remains open in defiance of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s COVID-19 closures, Fox News reports.

Smith and another owner of the fitness center were even arrested after refusing to close their business in late July. 

In regards to the fines, Smith said they simply won’t be paying

“We aren’t going to be paying them,” Smith told the Daily Caller. 

“Leave us alone,” he added in a message to the governor. “We have proved you wrong. Our business has been running for 7 months with better safety protocol than the entities you are responsible for running.” 

“Long term care facilities have the highest death rate and it’s still rampaging through facilities even though they have been locked down,” he continued. “Our protocol has kept people safe, yours hasn’t.”

Smith blasted the governor, calling the closures a “complete tragedy” for small businesses. 

“What’s happening to the middle class and small businesses in America is nothing short of a complete tragedy,” he told Fox News. “I would go so far as to call it criminal. You are putting people out of business for good.” 

“You are making them reliant on big government,” he added. “You are taking away their civil liberties under the guise of pretending like you care about public health.” 

In a video posted on Sunday, Smith held up flashcards reading “Free men don’t ask permission. Or for forgiveness.” 

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  1. Rich I

    December 14, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Good for him! Do not Pay It! Nothing but fraud! Resist! Rise Up! We must fight for our liberty!!

  2. Gepif

    December 14, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    I admire his courage. He’s a danger to the establishment because he’s showing the lockdowns and mask mandates are unnecessary and destructive. More sheeple should follow his lead.

  3. Richard

    December 14, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Its time to take this country back from the socialists/communist sewer sucking deep state by whatever means necessary. We tried the way of election, only to have it corrupted and stolen by the establishment and the “legal” system. We have the right to bear arms specifically put in place to prevent the kind of governmental interference in our freedoms. Maybe its time to use them.

  4. mooky

    December 15, 2020 at 5:56 am

    I am sick of this bully nanny state we live in. I’m an adult if I want to go to the gym its on me. stop telling your employers how to live our lives. Take care of the roads and boarders only.

  5. H. Jones

    December 20, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Congrats to all people showing backbone. All they want is to destroy small business, boost big corp, and make us dependent on UBI – universal basic income. During lockdowns we won’t see what is going on behind our backs.

  6. Bunker

    December 21, 2020 at 8:49 am

    When the rule of law prevails it will crush these deep state sellout governors. They are bought and paid for and they will pay for their treasonous acts against the American People. Stay strong and do not bend to these cowards.
    I appreciate your boldness friend.

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