A823 could land gun owners in jail for refinished or damaged firearms that might be deemed “defaced” under existing NJ law.
Trenton, NJ --(Ammoland.com)- Please immediately tell committee members to amend A823 to protect legal gun owners from severe unintended consequences.
On Thursday, February 6 2014 at 2:00 p.m. the New Jersey Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee is scheduled to consider A823, police safety legislation that would among other things significantly increase the penalties relating to “defaced” firearms.
Because of New Jersey’s longstanding poorly crafted definition of “defaced” firearms, it is possible that refinishing a firearm, or long-term damage from rust or scratches from ordinary wear and tear, could be deemed “defacement” subjecting honest gun owners to lengthy prison sentences, even though identifying information on the firearm is still legible.
If deemed a defacement, refinishing a firearm could result in a 10-year jail sentence, and buying or selling a refinished, rusted or scratched firearm could result in a 5-year jail sentence.
We raised these same concerns when an earlier version of this legislation was considered by the same committee in 2012. These concerns were acknowledged at that time and amendments were promised but were never implemented. This newly introduced version of the legislation does not address these concerns either.
This legislation could easily be amended to address these concerns without compromising its crime fighting purpose.
PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE!
TELL THEM TO AMEND A823 TO PROTECT LEGAL GUN OWNERS FROM SEVERE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES!
MEMBERS OF THE NEW JERSEY ASSEMBLY LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE:Charles Mainor (Chair) (D31) AsmMainor@njleg.org Phone: 201-536-7851 Fax: 201-536-7854 Gilbert L. Wilson (Vice Chair) (D5) AsmWilson@njleg.org Phone: 856-547-4800 Fax: 856-547-5496 Joseph Cryan (D20) AsmCryan@njleg.org Phone: 908-624-0880 Fax: 908-624-0587 Gregory P. McGuckin (R10) AsmMcGuckin@njleg.org Phone: 732-840-9028 Fax: 732-840-9757 Erik Peterson (R23) AsmPeterson@njleg.org Phone: 908-238-0251 Fax: 908-238-0256 Nancy J. Pinkin (D18) aswPinkin@njleg.org Phone: 732-548-1406 Fax: 732-548-1623 David P. Rible (R30) AsmRible@njleg.org Phone: 732-974-0400 Fax: 732-974-2564 Shavonda E. Sumter (D35) aswSumter@njleg.org Phone: 973-925-7061 Fax: 973-925-7067
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