New Jersey: Gun Owner Rally a Success – Assembly Ignores Opposition

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National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Fairfax, VA – -( On Monday, as many as 2,000 NJ gun owners packed the pavilion around the War Memorial and heard from 23 speakers, including legislators and Second Amendment leaders from around the state.

The NRA and ANJPRC sponsored event had one loud, resounding message for anti-gun politicians in Trenton. “We are going to fight with every tool at our disposal to end Second Amendment infringements in New Jersey.” We want to sincerely thank all of the NRA members who took time out of their busy lives to attend this important event and make it a resounding success.

In typical fashion, the Assembly convened shortly after the rally concluded and voted to pass a package of anti-gun bills. The bills which were approved by the Assembly on Monday included:

A.1217 by Assemblyman Jack McKeon (D) creates extreme risk protection orders. The bill has serious due process issues, including no pre-seizure notification. Ex parte hearings deprive the accused of their right to be heard and make their case.

A.2757 by Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D) is a redundant bill that requires background checks on private transactions. This bill is simply political gimmickry as private transactions in New Jersey already require a background check through the FID card process. This bill would do nothing except add another layer of bureaucracy and fees.

A.2758 by Assemblyman Greenwald (D) codifies the “justifiable need” standard for issuance of concealed carry permits. The bill is designed to strike a death blow to concealed carry in a state that already makes it virtually impossible to obtain a carry permit.

A.2761 by Assemblyman Greenwald (D) would ban magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds. The bill was amended last week in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. After realizing that the bill would most likely result in litigation, the Committee amended the bill to allow permanent blocking of already owned magazines. However, the amendment does not remove our strenuous opposition to the bill.

This fight is far from over. The Senate has to take action, and nothing has been scheduled in the upper chamber. Please continue to follow NRA-ILA alerts for updates.

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James Higginbotham

notice behind all anti-gun bills and a [D] ON IT.

Carlo Di Falco

I hear an occasional US firearm owner whinging about the NRA. This is due to unrealistic expectations as to what the NRA is capable of. If voters in your state keep voting in Democrats, then it is up to you to volunteer to assist your pro firearm candidate. It is no mistake that one of the T shirts that the NRA sell states that “I am the NRA”, because at the end of the day, it is the members that make the NRA the most successful pro firearm lobby organisation in the world. Even so, the NRA can’t fight every… Read more »


Well said – thank you! We are facing the strongest, organized anti-gun movement in our history. There are certainly enough gun owners in the USA to make a difference **IF** we stick together, come up with a plan and then follow it! WHAT WILL WORK? – Unifying and stop complaining about our different pro-gun organizations (“A house divided against itself cannot stand”) – Use the Democrats’tricks: Support those companies that support us and BOYCOTT those companies who are against us. A good example is the current tactic started by the high school kid (David Hogg) who has convinced Laura Ingraham’s… Read more »


stop blaming the NRA… they do not re-elect NEW JERSY DEMOCRATS…YOU DO…!!!!!!! Teachers unions… AFL-CIO, long shoreman’s union and every other blue collar union. Hope you win in court… but… until UNION workers continue to obey their masters…. gun owners are doomed. since you keep voting into power liberal judges and politicians…


100% voter fault.


How many of these infringements,apply to armed security,; if not,why not. (Body guards).

Leo Smith

I will NOT obey ANY Gun Laws put forth by NJ Democrats. Ever.


Hey: N.J. , We are going to continue to be walked over , until we get rid of who is in charge of the people running our state. There are a million pluss gun owners and hunters in this state.Change the people in the state capitol.And get rid of booker and menandaz . Lets put our votes where where they count.November is coming!!!!!!


I have to wonder why residents of New Jersey (and New York, especially New York City) who have been denied permits (either for home/range use or for concealed carry) haven’t begun lawsuits to bring this ultimately to SCOTUS? You’ll recall that a Federal Court recently overturned DC’s laws concerning concealed carry (Yay!) but DC decided not to pursue it to SCOTUS for fear of losing the case and setting a precedent for other states. Check out for the details.

I would love to see a concealed carry case taken all the way to SCOTUS!

Mr Rick

A local NJ business man recently filed a lawsuit over being denied a concealed carry. The AJNRPC picked it up and is supporting him in his effort. He was introduced at the rally and is self-funding his legal fees. We need to start a “go fund me” effort for him and his legal defense.

I included a link to the news below. This will be a big drawn out fight butis one every needs to follow closely


That’s great news!! I hope the word gets out to those who have been turned down to join the suit – and a ‘Go Fund Me’ effort sounds like a great idea.


We need to wait for at east one more conservative- strike that- CONSTITUTIONALIST justice to be confirmed.


It would take a couple of years to get to SCOTUS so the suits can start any time. But this is also why it’s critical that gun owners unite in the upcoming midterms because if Trump loses the majority in the Senate, it will be virtually impossible for him to appoint another constitutionalist, even with the bar lowered to a simple majority. (In other words, as gun owners we need to unite with the NRA and other pro-gun groups rather than arguing among ourselves as to which groups are better).


We should wait until at least one more conservative- strike that- one more CONSTITUTIONALIST justice is confirmed and seated.

Big Lou

Did the NRA really assist the New Jersey gun rights group? Or did they come in last minute with some “help” and take the credit for all the hard work of the state group? The NRA does a poor job with state level gun bans – anyone who ever tried to get help from them knows this well – problem for many decades with too many examples to list. Look the NRA didn’t even name the New Jersey rights group by their proper name: the called it “ANJPRC” instead of ANJRPC (Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs). The… Read more »