Correcting Media Misinformation About Firearms

Correcting Media Misinformation About Firearms
Correcting Media Misinformation About Firearms
Citizens For A Safer NJ
Citizens For A Safer NJ

New Jersey –  -( We see and hear a lot of people on social media and television these days, particularly a lot of “experts” weighing in on firearms.

There are some things that keep getting repeated that need to be debunked. Mis-information whether it be intentional or due to lack of knowledge, contributes nothing to the conversation about firearms. Below are a few statements that seem to be reoccurring.

Misleading Facts About Buying A Gun

“Anyone can go in and buy a fully automatic gun that can fire hundred of rounds per minute.”

FALSE! The NFA Act, which was originally passed in 1934, updated in 1968, and again amended in 1986 prohibits the sale of fully automatic firearms to anyone who does not apply to the ATF and receive approval for a “tax stamp” to own a fully automatic firearm (machine gun). Additionally, the buyer can only purchase a fully automatic firearm if it was manufactured prior to 1986. A tax stamp is also needed to purchase noise suppressors, a.k.a. silencers, and short barreled rifles and shot guns. This is a Federal law. We recommend reading this article about purchasing a fully automatic firearm from the Firearm Blog web site.

SPECIAL NOTE: NJ does not allow the purchase of NFA firearms or items!

“Anyone can go to a gun show and buy a firearm without a background check”

FALSE! Anyone who is at a gun show buying firearms must must submit to a background check.  There is no “gun show loop hole”!

SPECIAL NOTE: NJ does not allow gun shows!.

It should also be noted that in order for a legal transfer of a firearm across state lines to happen, both parties must meet the requirement of both states. A NJ resident must possess a NJ FPID card in order to buy a long gun (rifle, shotgun, BB gun, black powder rifle), or purchase handgun ammunition. A NJ Permit To Purchase Handgun is required to legally take possession of a handgun and the transaction must happen through a NJ federally licensed firearms dealer. You may also use a copy of your filled out NJ Permit To Purchase Handgun to buy handgun ammunition.

“The only purpose one of those assault weapons has is to kill”

The modern sporting rifle, based on the AR-15 platform, is widely misunderstood. Why? Confusion exists because while these rifles may cosmetically look like military rifles, they do not function the same way. Also, groups wanting to ban these rifles have for years purposely or through ignorance spread misinformation about them to aid their cause. (from the NSSF).

Modern sporting rifles, which have been named “assault weapons” by their opponents are the most popular rifle to own in America. Aside from competition and hunting, many people purchase these for home defense. Please visit the NSSF web site and view a great list of facts about these firearms.

“You can buy a gun online and have it shipped to your house”

FALSE! We again refer to the ATF. The Gun Control Act Of 1968 requires any firearm purchased by mail to be processed through an FFL dealer (Federal Firearms License). This includes in modern times the internet. You can make a purchase on the internet, but the seller must ship the firearm to a FFL so they can run a background check on you before you can take possession. The seller in an online transaction does not need to be a licensed FFL, but they must ship the firearm to a FFL  so they can have the buyer go through a background check.

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Why is everything being recited by all of the Bloomberg-backed groups based on deliberately false, deceptive information? If what they are shamelessly promoting is so important, why do they consistently choose to promote blatantly false and misleading information? Because clearly improving gun safety has nothing to do with their true agenda.


They claim Alaska is one of the most dangerous states with 19 firearm deaths per 100k people . 15.5 are suicide , leaving 3.5 per 100k . self defense accounts for at least 2 per 100k that leaves about 1.5 per 100k , safer than most places . Even those 1.5 per 100k usually are drug related , robbery or discontent with the product. Suicide is not a basis for firearm control they will kill themselves in some other manner.Suicide is the basis vcp and other orgs use to say Alaska is one of the most dangerous states . More… Read more »