New Jersey Governor Murphy’s GIANT Gun Grab

by Evan F. Nappen, Esq.

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New Jersey Governor Murphy’s GIANT Gun Grab

New Jersey –  -( Assembly Bill 1217 is being fast tracked with 6 other bills to take away the remnants of any remaining gun rights of New Jersey citizens.

This proposed law will allow your guns to be easily confiscated based on “grounds” so flimsy, they defy belief. The level of proof is only Probable Cause. Only one side (the plaintiff) is heard by the court. Any person can apply to have guns taken from another person.

The “grounds” cover a multitude of issues, but here are some of the most concerning:

  • “…evidence of recent acquisition of firearms or other deadly weapons…” The mere recent purchase of a gun can be considered as “grounds” to seize your guns.
  • “…any prior arrest of the person for a crime or offense…” Any “arrest”, not even a conviction, is required. “Offenses” arguably include traffic offenses. Get a speeding ticket and apparently it can be considered as “grounds” to seize your guns.
  • “… a recent threat.. directed toward others…” It does not require a criminal threat. Threaten to not shop at a certain store, and it can be considered as “grounds” to seize your guns.
  • “… a recent threat.. directed toward yourself…” This also does not require a criminal threat. Threaten to hold your breath, and it can be considered “grounds” to seize your guns.
  • “…the history of use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force by the person against other persons…” Criminal or even unlawful physical force os not required. Playing football, having a history of playing football or threatening to play football, can be considered “grounds” to seize your guns.

The court only has to be satisfied in an ex parte hearing, (Meaning the court only hears one side. The gun owner is not present. Only the person asking for the guns to be taken speaks to the court.) The court must find that the person poses a, “significant risk of personal injury to himself or others by possessing a firearm” based on the one-sided evidence presented.

In New Jersey one can bet that simply having a gun will be considered a “significant risk of personal injury.” The anti-2nd Amendment crowd has argued that for years.

This bill is proof of the threat to our gun rights. We must fight it.

A special session of the Assembly Judiciary Committee for Wednesday is scheduled for February 28 2018 to consider this and the other 6 Anti-2A bills.

Please contact Members of the NJ Assembly Judiciary Committee and tell them to vote no.

Here is their contact information.

*See Below for Email Addresses Only

Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D20) — Chair
[email protected]
P: (908) 624-0880

Assemblyman Joseph A. Lagana (D38) — Vice Chair
[email protected]
P: (201) 576-9199

Assemblyman Arthur Barclay (D5)
[email protected]
P: (856) 541-1251

Assemblyman Gordon M. Johnson (D37)
[email protected]
P: (201) 530-0469

Assemblywoman Carol A. Murphy (D7)
[email protected]
P:(856) 735-5334

Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R25)
[email protected]
P: (973) 539-8113

Assemblyman Erik Peterson (R23)
[email protected]
P: (908) 238-0251

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Evan Nappen
Evan Nappen


Evan Nappen ( is a criminal defense attorney who has focused on New Jersey firearms and weapons law for over 23 years. He is the author of the New Jersey Gun Law Guide. Visit his website at

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I live up in Sussex County, NJ.(Northwestern corner of the state) and have been a gun collector for over 35 years. I was a shooter and a hunter until my eyes went bad from Optic Neuritis. Sussex County literally had more cows than people until the 1960s and it is still mainly rural. Don’t put everyone from NJ in the same liberal bag. We hate that as much as people from the South hate being asked if they married their sister. Guys like me vote, but we are insanely outnumbered. It didn’t help that Chris Christie, our last (Republican) governor,… Read more »


It’s pretty easy to avoid, guys, if you remain low key. Stop making it known you are a gun guy. Don’t talk about guns, Don’t wear gun t-shirts or have an NRA sticker on your truck. (Or any political sticker, for that matter.). Be a member of the NRA, of course, but STFU about it. Don’t open carry! Conceal carry! And don’t print. Keep it hidden. You never know who is going to be a radical libtard. Let your vote do the talking. And remember, you have the constitution on your side.

Heed the Call-up

Walt, as a member of several rights organizations, my days of being quiet and just taking it as our rights get abrogated daily are over. I do carry CC, but I also do speek about our RKBA, and education those that are willing. Until people learn about their rights, and hear the rational opposing view of those of us who believe in our country, our Constitution, and our rights, they will believe whatever the anti-rights groups tell them. We cannot sit idly by, that has yet to work, kind of like GFZs. I just took another new shooter to the… Read more »

Donnie Lowe

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU ELECT A COMMUNIST DEMOCRAT!! …NEVER elect a democrat to ANY government office local,State, Federal they are cancer you must be disarmed for them to finish making America a communist country!


Being low-key is a good way to reduce the gun-owning population, which plays directly into the hands of the antis.

Like it or not, we are engaged in a culture war regarding firearms. The media is solidly against us, but we can still win if we can convince the people around us, man to man, that firearms ownership is healthy, fun and completely normal. People are most influenced by friends, co-workers, and others who are close to them. It’s important to grow our numbers, and we can’t do that when we are silent.



chris Sahar

AH, if this guy is a lawyer then please you can have him. His arguments take snippets out of the document and then make some wild assumptions. I suggest he tries his hand at writing crime novels. If any of you people who seem to value your guns over your fellow man went to the legislation you would see the dictates for determing whether one is subject to a firearm restriction order is predicated upon several factors and following quite a few administrative rules. Plus this is only valid for ONE YEAR. Read below from the bill 1. For the… Read more »

jerrold causey

I thought that you had a right to confront your accuser? This seems to me to be unconstitutional. Any judge in his right mind would throw this out of court as being unconstitutional.


It’s things like this, the exorbitant taxes y’all pay, and I like my winters warm


Too many Labour Union members Vote for Democrats because theUnion told them too


I remember back when this $$wipe was elected it was said by N.J. citizens that if the people of the southern part of N.J. would have shown up and voted it would have been a different story. You reap what you sew.


I showed up

roger g

My advise to ny residents :GET THE HELL OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN !

Bj Dallas

If you move remember why you moved in the first place do not bring your liberal bullshit politics it didn’t work on your east coast panacea it doesn’t work in the south .

David W

New Jersey is looking to be a lost cause. The communists have taken over everything based on just the population of North Jersey. If everyone in the southern part of the state would turn out and start voting against these people then there might be a small chance, but I doubt it and what can you do once this LIBTARD signs all these bills into law, if there aren’t the votes to reverse them a new republican governor is only going to be able to meet the status quo. I am a former NJ resident, and it was always bad… Read more »

Kerry Kraemer

and you ‘ve got the Obama clone mayor lurking. That cruller, better check his background. Makes the southern district court of N Y look passive. Goes to show you what happens when property values go down. No respect at all.


Communist have replaced the Democratic party why is it so hard for these voters to see these folks have one agenda and it doesnt include you,try to in act laws that defy the constitution and further restrict more of your freedoms,…..WAKE UP NEW JERSEY


Gov. promised to sign any and all gun control bills sent to his desk.

He wants to make NJ a Sanctuary State. Good luck.


Its going to get worse… Im sure posting on a pro-firearm board will be enough to question your character and your firearms will be confiscated

John A Jameson

It is now “The Peoples’ Republic of New Jersey”
Governor Kim Jun Murph
Socialist? Democrat? How can we tell?


You have been voting in these retards for years, and some of you fled to the PA or the south after realizing the Peoples Republic of New Jersey is unfit to live in but you did not learn your lessons and are electing the same types of losers made made the PRNJ unfit to live in. Get to the polls and starting voting for Americans instead of communist/socialist/dems.

Heed the Call-up

As an Atheist, I still thank God that in my state, Virginia, we still have a pro-rights majority in our legislature, even after losing the governorship and many seats in the house and senate to anti-rights politicians in last year’s elections. We also have a strong firearm rights group, of which I am an active member, that fights for our rights, the VCDL. It has been very effective in fighting against bad legislation and good bills passed, even when McAuliffe (D), the last governor was in office. Our president, Philip van Cleave deserves the credit for making this organization as… Read more »


I don’t they voted in these losers year after year.


Blame the voters of NJ…..they keep voting these jerks in office!


Not all of those pro-firearm people are voting for these idiots. They are outnumbered. Too many anti-gun idiots.


Many of us in NJ have been voting against these fools for years. The problem is that we are vastly outnumbered by the sixth borough of NYC, i.e., North Jersey.