New Jersey –-(Ammoland.com)- We would like to make a point to the New Jersey Legislature that we can continue to work together to further the right to keep and BEAR arms in New Jersey. Please sign the following petition.
Why This Is Important
Please support the right to Conceal Carry in New Jersey so we can save lives.
In research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, in which almost 2,000 felons were interviewed, 34% of felons said they had been “scared off, shot at, wounded or captured by an armed victim” and 40% of these criminals admitted that they had been deterred from committing a crime out of fear that the potential victim was armed.
Allowing law-abiding people to arm themselves offers more than piece of mind for those individuals — it pays off for everybody through lower crime rates. Statistics from the FBI’s Uniformed Crime Report of 2007 show that states with right-to-carry laws have a 30% lower homicide rate, 46% lower robbery, and 12% lower aggravated assault rate and a 22% lower overall violent crime rate than do states without such laws.
That is why more and more states have passed right-to-carry laws over the past decade.
In 1987, the state of Florida enacted a “shall issue” law that has become the model for other states. Anti-gun groups, politicians and the news media predicted the new law would lead to vigilante justice and “Wild West” shootouts on every corner.
But since adopting a concealed carry law Florida’s total violent crime rate has dropped 32% and its homicide rate has dropped 58%. Floridians, except for criminals, are safer due to this law. And Florida is not alone. Texas’ violent crime rate has dropped 20% and homicide rate has dropped 31%, since enactment of its 1996 carry law.
Another study makes the moral case for expanding and enhancing right-to-carry laws. A report by John Lott, Jr. and David Mustard of the University of Chicago released in 1996 found “that allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons deters violent crimes and it appears to produce no increase in accidental deaths.” Further, the Lott-Mustard study noted, “If those states which did not have right-to-carry concealed gun provisions had adopted them in 1992, approximately 1,570 murders; 4,177 rapes; and over 60,000 aggravate assaults would have been avoided yearly.”
Nearly 8,000 of our fellow citizens have died between 1992 and 1996 because of the irrational fear that law-abiding Americans would abuse their right to self defense. In fact concealed carry permit holders are more law-abiding than the rest of the public. For example, Florida, which has issued more carry permits than any state has issued 1.36 million permits, but revoked only 165 (0.01%) due to gun crimes by permit-holders.
As Thomas Jefferson wrote, “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” Our society is a violent society. However, the innocent deserve access to the tools they need to defend themselves. Changing the concealed carry laws in New Jersey to “Shall Issue” are a no brainer in the efforts to reduce crime. Also from a financial perspective for a State that needs to build revenue, enacting “Shall Issue” for law abiding citizens with clean records and clear background checks for a nominal annual fee would generate a significant amount of annual revenue for the State of New Jersey to help fight the main problem which is illegal firearms.
Please support NJ Bill S-69 Citizens’ Protection Act so we can save lives in New Jersey.
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