New Jersey Second Amendment Society President’s Report – 12/9/2011

New Jersey Second Amendment Society
New Jersey Second Amendment Society

New Jersey –-(Ammoland.com)- MATCHING FUNDS: First, I would like once again to thank Ron Stanker for his generous matching fund pledge. I am happy to say that thanks to everyone who donated, we were able to meet the challenge and the entire $500.00 was matched and received.

We have been offered an additional $500.00 matching pledge from our newest sponsor “Arms –n-Ammo”. They have given us until the January 11, 2012 meeting to match their pledge. Once again, I ask you to be as generous as you can be in helping us to reach this goal. Also please consider this sponsor when making your next purchase. Remember to tell them you heard about them from the NJ2AS.

NEWS AND PRESS:
A lot has transpired since the last President’s letter. We have had two positive treatments in the New Jersey Press. The Atlantic City Press published replies from two of our members to a recent editorial they ran on HR 822 – We have a right to protect ourselves / Gun rights the same as civil rights: http://tiny.cc/k2wt7, and journalist Paul Mulshine printed the following article in the 12/8/2011 edition of the NJ Star Ledger: http://tiny.cc/60hmr

Your Society is beginning to be heard on a regular basis. I encourage you to keep writing letters to the editor and to comment on blog postings. The more we participate in these arenas, the better the chance we will continue to be heard. I would especially like to ask you all to try and get on the next “Ask the Governor” program on NJ101.5.

If you are successful, I hope that you would ask the following question:

Governor Christie, why don’t you issue an Executive Order to the Attorney General specifying that “self-defense” can be accepted as a “justifiable need” to obtain a permit to discreetly carry a defensive handgun to protect one’s life and the lives of their loved ones?

I suggest that the question be asked with as close to these words as possible since it is clear and concise and doesn’t leave that much room for maneuvering.

LITIGATION:
If you attended our most recent meeting, you are aware that Superior Court Judge Douglas Hurd ruled against us in our bid to gain access to the” NJ division of State Police Applicant Investigation Guide”.

We have decided to file an appeal and we will keep you informed of the progress. Rather than being a defeat, we view this as a challenge to redouble our efforts to free New Jersey residents from the increasingly restrictive regulations that infringe on our right to keep and bear arms for legitimate purposes. One very important byproduct of this litigation is the official establishment of “the guide” as a “Standard Operating Procedure Manual”. If this is indeed the case, then individual police departments do *NOT* have the latitude to vary from the dictates of these instructions. This guide can no longer legitimately be used as an excuse to delay processing, or to introduce forms that are not specified in the state regulations. We are in the process of formulating a strategy to use this information to our advantage. I have often been told, “When life sends you lemons, turn it into lemonade”. That is exactly what we intend to do.

I ask you all to use this experience to intensify your commitment to making the RKBA the norm in New Jersey.

Please keep in mind that we are still looking for additional plaintiffs in Atlantic County for our ongoing Operation Establish Compliance campaign; if you are interested or if you know someone who is, please contact us at [email protected] We have retained an attorney and plan to move forward once we have all the plaintiffs in place. It is always a good idea to have multiple plaintiffs for a case such as this. If you feel that you application has been delayed for an inordinate amount of time, or if you have been instructed to fill out forms other than the mental health check and criminal background check, we would like to speak with you.

MEETINGS:
On a more positive note, we held a VERY successful event with attorney Evan Nappen. Evan gave a terrific presentation and followed it up with an exhaustive Q&A session. Everyone in attendance was extremely impressed with Evan and this event. Sandy Berardi and Anthony Colandro of Gun for Hire Radio were on hand to capture interviews with Evan and your President. The result is available on the “MEDIA” page of our www.nj2as.com.

Evan Nappen’s appearance was the first of a series of exciting events we have scheduled for the next few months. On January 11, 2012, attorney David Jensen will bring us up to date on the “Muller” case which, as you all know, is challenging New Jersey’s “justifiable need” clause in order to obtain a permit to discreetly carry a defensive handgun. The current law puts every NJ resident at risk as soon as they leave their front door by preventing them from defending their life and that of their loved ones from anyone who might try to do they serious harm.

Then on February 29, 2012, attorney Alan Gura will address the group. Alan’s successful arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the Heller and McDonald cases have given new hope to those who respect the fundamental right to keep and bear arms (RKBA) for legitimate purposes. Alan is truly the Standard Bearer for the RKBA on the National scene.

Alan Gura to Speak at NJ2AS Meeting

We are pleased and honored to be able to bring such important speakers to inform and educate both our members and the community at large. Please be sure to invite your friends and neighbors to register to see these dynamic speakers. How often do you get to hear from attorneys who argue such important cases at such a high level? These events are currently FREE and open to anyone interested in Freedom and constitutional protections. I hope as many of you as possible will register for these events. Seating is limited so please register as early as possible so you won’t be disappointed. Details of these events can be seen online at our website www.nj2as.com under “EVENTS”.

Thank you,
Frank Jack Fiamingo
President – NJ2AS

About:
New Jersey Second Amendment Society – Our mission is to promote the free exercise of Second Amendment rights within the community and Legislature of New Jersey, to educate the community regarding the enjoyable, safe, and responsible use of firearms, and to engender a sense of camaraderie and fellowship among the members and their families. Visit: www.nj2as.com