New Jersey’s Gun Control Trap

Mia Higginbotham
Mia Higginbotham
NRA - Institute for Legislative Action
NRA – Institute for Legislative Action

Fairfax, VA -(AmmoLand.com)- “They basically told me I'm one step below a murderer in the eyes of the New Jersey court.”

So says Mia Higginbotham, who once counted herself among the millions of legal, gun-owning Americans. That is, until the State of New Jersey turned her world upside down.

Higginbotham's story starts the way many gun owners’ do: when she purchased a firearm for self-defense. But when it came time for her to transport her legal handgun from New Jersey to her new home in Florida – well, that’s when the problems started. One phone call later found Higginbotham in handcuffs in Newark Airport. Her alleged crime? Illegal possession of a handgun she legally owns, but a second-degree New Jersey felony nonetheless.

As most Second Amendment supporters know by now, New Jersey has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country. Would-be gun owners must apply for a permit before purchasing firearms. The process is so arduous that by the time there’s any response, it can sometimes be too late. For others, simple misunderstandings can lead a law-abiding gun owner too looking at fines, criminal charges, and even jail time.

In Higginbotham's case, once she was arrested at Newark Airport, she was taken to jail, where a judge set her bail at $50,000.

“These gun laws are ruining peoples’ lives,” said Higginbotham.

She would know. Yet the state of New Jersey, unfortunately, keeps adding to its tally of gun-control victims, and in the process, putting one more innocent woman “one step below a murderer.”

New Jersey’s gun control insanity must end!

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    the happiest day of my life was the day I moved from that hole called New Jersey , to the gun free state of South Carolina . i now hold a concealed carry permit . and Chris Christy wants to be president , not if we in SC can help it

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    this woman can be saved n=by jury nullification. If you end up on the jury vote for what you believe. It only takes one juror to stop they BS crap in NJ.

    James A. "Jim" Farmer
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    James A. "Jim" Farmer

    New Jersey historically is a state controlled by deceitful crooked politicians, not to mention the mob! The Democratic Party itself in this state, and other metro dictatorhips, can be described in 5 words: deceitful, crooked, immoral, treasonous, and socialist! Of course, a RINO: Republican In Name Only, isn’t any better. This constitutes pure class warfare, period! Read my two 2009 online commentaries via the Ashland, Oregon Daily Tidings. They include: “Anti-gun agenda is class warfare”: (ADT: January 9th, 2009), and “The War on America’s gun owners”: (ADT: August 3, 2009), respectively. These remain archived at http://www.dailytidings.com. Enter into “search.” No,… Read more »

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    MrApple

    Pure insanity.

    Janek
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    Janek

    Anytime a N.J. government official or LEO asks you about gun possession you’re automatically waiving your 5th Amendment protection from ‘self-incrimination’ if you answer them.