Action Date: Monday December 3, 2012
New Jersey –-(Ammoland.com)- As expected the “WOMEN OF THE NJ2AS” were AMAZING. I was very pleased with the way that they handled the meeting with Asw. Stender today.
They were clear, concise, on point and persistent while maintaining a very positive approach. Each woman who attended made a contribution to the total effort.
The bottom line is that ASW Stender is in the process of considering amendments to the original bill. She said that she could not share them with us a this time because they are not yet complete, but she assured us that we will receive a copy as soon as they are ready.
I *DO* want to encourage each and every one of you to send a letter, FAX, email or make a phone call to thank Linda Stender for meeting with us to discuss A1216 further and to encourage her to make sure that the amendments make a CLEAR distinction between criminals and law-abiding citizens. Frankly the bill *SHOULD* make it clear that the statute *ONLY* applies to *CRIMINAL* possession of a firearm on the grounds of an educational institution. Anything less should not be considered a crime by definition. That kind of SPECIFIC language would eliminate any possibility of endangering the welfare of an individual who is lawfully transporting their firearms but who inadvertently or through mitigating circumstances finds themselves on school property.
Thanks to Wendie Kuhn, Theresa Marchitto Hubal, Stephanie Ziemba, Tara, Diane, Fred Kuhn III and ESPECIALLY Destiny Kuhn for their participation and thank you to all our members and supporters for your help and support.
A copy of the follow up email I sent to Linda Stender is shown below:
Her email address is [email protected]
Once you have created your own email, feel free to cut and paste these email addresses into the CC: field. That way you can easily copy the members of the Law & Public Safety Committee on your emails to Asw Stender.
NOTE: I do not have a valid email address for Asw Bonnie Watson Coleman
December 3, 2012
Re: Meeting to discuss Assembly Bill A1216
Dear Assemblywoman Stender,
Thank you very much for meeting with the women of NJ2AS and Fred and me this morning. We were pleased to hear that amendments to Assembly Bill A1216 are currently being constructed. I would like to mention a few key points that the members and supporters of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) and I would like you to consider.
- A.) Firearms related legislation should always make a clear distinction between the treatment of criminals, the criminally insane and those of us who are law-abiding individuals. There is a vast difference between guns in the hands of a violent felon as compared to firearms possession by a responsible New Jersey resident. A BB-gun in the hands of a violent felon is a serious threat, whereas a powerful semi-automatic rifle in the hands of a responsible NJ gun owner is no threat whatsoever. This fact should be reflected in the way that firearms related legislation is drafted.
- B.) Law enforcement personnel are expert in the use of firearms for a very specific purpose. The civilian use of firearms is significantly different and more varied for obvious reasons. In order to make informed decisions about legislation that affects the “civilian” use of firearms, it is imperative that NJ legislators have access to knowledgeable civilian firearms experts. The NJ2AS is willing and able to act as a resource to legislators who are contemplating sponsorship of firearms related bills. We urge you and your colleagues to take advantage of this valuable resource. Many misunderstandings could be completely avoided in this way.
- C.) As a policy, the NJ2AS supports bills that actually help to keep guns out of the hands of criminals while at the same time respecting the inalienable right of the people to both keep and bear arms. Unfortunately, the vast majority of New Jersey’s firearms statutes fail to meet this standard. We would like to encourage a complete review of New Jersey’s firearms statutes in an effort to prohibit the possession and ownership of firearms on the basis of proven disqualification rather than on the basis of prior restraint as is currently the case.
My colleagues and I look forward to reviewing the proposed amendments to assembly bill A1216. We hope to be able to offer constructive input regarding the final version of the bill. As responsible citizens we support you in your efforts to keep our children safe from the criminal possession and use of firearms both on the grounds of educational institutions and elsewhere. Please do not hesitate to contact me if we can be of service to you as a resource in this and your future endeavors.
Frank Jack Fiamingo
President – NJ2AS
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