New Jersey Governor Christie Signs 10 Gun Bills

No Action Taken Yet On Sweeney FID Bill Or Fifty Caliber Ban!
Please keep contacting the Governor's Office!

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New Jersey Governor Christie Signs 10 Gun Bills
Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs
Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs

Trenton, NJ –-(Ammoland.com)- This afternoon, Governor Christie announced that he signed 10 of the gun bills on his desk.

Two of those bills are helpful to gun owners, six are neutral in their impact on gun rights as a result of amendments based on gun owner input, and two were opposed by gun owners.

Three other horrific anti-gun bills – the worst of the bills that made it to the Governor's desk -have not yet been acted upon by Governor Christie: the Sweeney “centerpiece” FID bill, the fifty caliber ban, and the trace data bill that would require the State Police to violate federal law.

It is critical that the Governor's office continue to hear from gun owners on the three bills that have not been acted on yet. Please do your part and keep urging the Governor to veto these bills.

Please call the Governor's office ASAP at 609-292-6000, write him at P.O. Box 001, Trenton, N.J. 08625, or send an email using the online contact form.

The 3 anti-gun bills on which the Governor has NOT yet acted are:

  • S2723 – the awful Sweeney “omnibus” bill, which throws out existing FID cards and replaces them with either a privacy-invading driver license endorsement or other form of ID; suspends Second Amendment rights without proof of firearms training; ends private sales between background-checked licensed gun owners; effectively creates a registry of ammunition purchases and long gun sales; and imposes a 7-day waiting period for handgun purchases.
  • A3659 – the fifty caliber gun ban, which in its final version bans firearms that shoot centerfire cartridges of any caliber that attain a muzzle energy of 12,000 ft-lbs. or greater. Though limited grandfathering has been added in response to gun owner concerns, the firearms must be registered, cannot be passed down to heirs, and owners will be civilly liable for damages if the firearm is used in a crime. Additionally, the bill has been amended specifically to prevent anyone with a pending order for these firearms from taking possession of them.
  • A3797 – Mandates that the State Police publicly disclose confidential ATF gun trace data in violation of explicit federal law limiting that data to law enforcement use only. This is an attempt by frustrated gun banners to circumvent the federal Tiarht Amendment, so that idiosyncrasies of the ATF's trace system can be exploited and manipulated to falsely suggest that law abiding citizens are a source of “crime guns.” ATF has opposed similar efforts to circumvent confidentiality, which could compromise ongoing investigations. Note: a conditional veto by the Governor removing just the offending parts of A3797 would be sufficient.

The 2 bills that HELP gun owners which the Governor has signed are:

  • A3788 – Prevents public disclosure of personal information of licensed firearms owners, including name, address, and phone number. The legislation prevents a repeat of what happened in New York State in January, when several newspapers obtained personal information of Empire State gun owners via freedom of information requests and then published that information both in print and on the internet. Publishing personal information of gun owners jeopardizes their safety and makes them targets for gun theft, in addition to raising significant privacy concerns.
  • A3796 – Addresses an anomaly in New Jersey's “assault” firearms statute that prevents those still in possession of banned firearms from lawfully disposing of them. This bill reopens a compliance window for a short time during which banned firearms could be lawfully disposed of. Although the compliance window is too short, and the bill fails to allow for lawful disposition of banned magazines and ammunition, it nonetheless offers a limited compliance opportunity that is a temporary improvement over current law.

The 2 bills opposed by gun owners which the Governor signed are:

  • A3687 – Terror Watch List bill. Makes it possible to suspend Second Amendment rights without a specified requirement of due process, based on a secret government list compiled by federal bureaucrats with no published standards, no identified procedure to correct errors, and potential for enormous abuse by those in power. Proponents of the bill have argued that due process is available because there is a right to appeal any permit denial under New Jersey law.
  • A3717 – Requires submission of certain mental health records to NICS without an explicit, stated requirement of due process within the legislation itself. ANJRPC has no objection to the core purpose of this legislation, but believes that the legislation needed to explicitly state that only records of persons who have had judicial due process (with a right of appeal) should be submitted to NICS. Proponents of the bill have argued that the NICS system itself, as well as New Jersey mental health law, contain independent due process requirements.

The 6 bills signed by the Governor that have been neutralized in their impact on gun rights are:

  • S1279 – Upgrades penalty for unlawful transfer of a firearm to a minor (specifically amended to exempt lawful instruction and training, competition and target shooting)
  • S2720 – Makes records regarding the total number of FID cards and handgun permits issued subject to public disclosure (does not disclose identity of gun owners)
  • S2804 – Upgrades penalty for unlawful firearms possession by felons or those engaged in serious criminal behavior.
  • S2430 – Creates a study commission on gun violence.
  • S2468 – Permits vehicle impoundment where felons or those engaged in serious criminal behavior are unlawfully in possession of firearms.
  • S2719 – Anti-trafficking legislation (amended to prevent numerous unintended consequences to legal gun owners).

Please watch for upcoming alerts and updates, and please keep contacting the Governor's office!

About Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs:The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, Inc. is the official NRA State Association in New Jersey. Our mission is to implement all of the programs and activities at the state level that the NRA does at the national level. This mission includes the following: To support and defend the constitutional rights of the people to keep and bear arms. To take immediate action against any legislation at the local, state and federal level that would infringe upon these rights. Visit: www.anjrpc.org

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    Chris Christie the Sherriff of Nottingham in the state of NJ and the American Gun society. #1 east coast butt smoocherette to his holiness lord Bloomberg of Assholeville. They live and love together and worship his majesty Obama and the EMPOROR Soros. They see us all not as their constituents or their followers, not even as their children, but as their property.

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    I am proud NJ resident who applauds Christie’s efforts at curtailing gun violence. I am urging him to sign the remaining three bills quickly.

    Timothy
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    Timothy

    If I lived in NJ I would be protesting for his impeachment. States do not have the right to create laws restricting our constitutional rights. It seems like NJ, DC and CA are some of the worst states to live in. For those citizens that truly want to live as an American with the 2nd Amendment rights Vermont is supposed to be the best state from what I have heard. I wonder how many citizens it can hold before it gets to full. If we all move their maybe we could separate from the US and rename it to New… Read more »

    Ken Murray
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    Ken Murray

    He will never get my vote if he even passes ONE anti gun bill. I have had enough of this crap.

    Mike
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    Mike

    Christie is a traitor in the first right. The man has no ability to stand up for what is right and falters in the day of adversity. The man is a smuck.

    Becker
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    Becker

    You voted him in. Now vote him out. If he is not doing what the majority wants, sounds like he ran on a platform of lies. All states need to have a recall and the nation, a recall of the president who quits the people.

    lee
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    lee

    He is a liberal democrat disguised as a Republican. Through him to the dogs. No no he will poison the dog.

    lee
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    lee

    Maybe we should take away Chris CHRISTIE’S FORK AND SPOON.

    Mike
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    Mike

    Always felt hes been Politically afraid of Dem-o-rat Sweeney. Guess Im right. People move outa this Communist State like many are doing.

    Brian
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    Brian

    The author of this article identifies A3796 as “helpful to gun owners.” This is a measure that makes it easier for people to turn in their banned “assault” rifles. What idiot thinks this is helpful to gun owners? NJ residents’ rights are being trampled and this is helpful because it makes the violation go more smoothly?

    Douglas Cecil
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    Not to sure I want him for presedent. Maby this works for N.J.

    TEX
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    TEX

    The fat slob is playing both ends agains’t the middle.

    Steve
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    Citizens of NJ should be fighting tooth & nail to get the FIDs removed! What kind of crap is that?!