New Jersey –-(Ammoland.com)- Many of you have expressed interest or concern over Governor Christie’s decision to put his signature on 10 of the pending gun control bills.
I would like to offer the official reaction of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS).
Here it is: The three branches of New Jersey government already work together to deprive New Jersey residents of their preexisting, inalienable right to bear arms. There is already an unconstitutional, outright ban in New Jersey on the right to possess a defensive firearm outside the home. The rest of these laws are merely an annoyance in comparison.
These additional regulations signed by the Governor will do nothing to prevent another Sandy Hook. Firearms owners, who are not felons and who have not been judged mentally incompetent, already know this.
In fact, these new laws will do nothing to prevent crime or a tragedy of any kind.
The law-abiding citizen, by nature is one who is obedient to current, existing law. He does not fathom committing the crimes for which new stiffer penalties have been constructed. Criminals who already disregard existing law will not be dissuaded by these new laws and enhanced penalties. The fact is, these laws only constrict the rights of the people who are inclined to follow them.
Anyone who has taken the time to even glance at the FBI or NJ State crime statistics can tell you that most, if not all, gun crimes take place in the inner city. Most of those gun crimes are committed by gangs, drug dealers and career criminals. Our Governor, legislators, Judges, mayors and public officials are merely attempting to divert attention away from the fact that they have been incompetent to do anything to stop crime. Don’t let them get away with it! Let them know that you have not been fooled.
Nothing that has transpired in the halls of our Capitol, our court rooms or the Governor’s office will change the mission or goals of the NJ2AS. We will continue to fight to remove each and every obstacle preventing the exercise of the lawful right to possess a firearm outside of the home. Yes, we are asking you to continue to write, FAX, call and visit our legislators and public officials. We cannot stop until we succeed. We WILL succeed.
Frank Jack Fiamingo
President – NJ2AS
Contact Governor Christie's office:
Mail: P.O. Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625
Bills Not Yet Signed:
S2723 – The “Sweeney Bill” – Places training requirements on being able to own a firearm in NJ, creates an ammunition and long gun registry, eliminates private sale of firearms among law-abiding citizens, eliminates online and mail order ammunition purchases, imposes 7 day waiting period on hand gun purchases, voids all current FID cards and replaces with a possible drivers license endorsement putting privacy at risk.
A3659 -The “50 Caliber Ban” This bill will ban all firearms that shoot centerfire cartridges that attain a muzzle energy of 12,000 foot pounds or greater. A limited “grandfathering” is offered, but requires registering the particular firearm and prohibits transfer of these firearms to heirs upon the owners death. The bill also specifically prohibits anyone with a pending order for one of these firearms from taking possession once it is passed.
A3797 – Mandates the New Jersey State Police publicly disclose confidential ATF gun trace data. This is in violation of federal law limiting the data to law enforcement use only, and potentially allows the ATF data to be exploited to falsely suggest legally obtained guns are the source of “illegal guns”.
Bills That Have Been Signed Into Law:
A3788– Protects firearm owners personal information from being being disclosed
A3796 – Allows persons in possession of firearms banned by NJ's “assault weapons” statutes to legally dispose of the firearms.
S1279 – Upgrades penalty for unlawful transfer of firearms to a minor.
S2720 – Makes records regarding the total number of firearms ID card holders subject to public disclosure.
S2804 – Upgrades penalties for unlawful firearms possession by felons or persons engaged in serious crimes.
S2430 – Creates a study commission on gun violence in NJ.
S2468 – Permits vehicles to be impounded when felons or persons engaged in serious criminal behavior are in unlawful possession of a firearm.
S2719 – Anti-trafficking legislation.
A3687 – Terror Watch List Bill. Allows suspension of Second Amendment rights without due process based off of a secret government list.
A3717 – Requires submission of certain mental health records to NICS without stated requirement of due process.
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