“After a rocky start, the state Assembly and Senate are now working together on gun control legislation,” nj.com reports. Here’s their rundown of civilian disarmament legislation and the dangers of same, added by yours truly in italics.
Passed by both houses and on governor’s desk
A3668: Bars state pension fund from investing in companies that manufacture or sell assault firearms for civilian use – Part of the anti-gun culture crusade—last seen with the California teachers’ union (forcing Cerberus to sell-off The Freedom Group) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (forcing Chicago to sell-0ff non-existent City holdings). This bill serves no purpose save demonizing gun makers and stoking the fires of civilian disarmament . . .
A3687: Bans those on the federal terrorist watch list from buying guns – There is no publicly revealed criteria for getting on—or official appeals process for getting off—the FBI’s Terrorist Watch List. Banning Garden State residents on the List denies them the natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms without anything remotely resembling due process.
A3717: Requires state to submit data on those who should be barred from owning guns to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System – Background checks are inefficient, ineffective and unconstitutional. Allowing states to determine who should be ineligible for gun purchases on the federal level, and then pumping the info to the Feds, is ill-advised. At best.
A3796: Gives those who possess illegal guns 180 days to dispose of them – “Illegal guns” meaning “assault weapons” and any other firearm the People’s Republic of New Jerseyistan decides aren’t suitable for residents. How great is that?
A3797: Requires New Jersey enforcement agencies to report information on lost, stolen and discarded guns to federal databases – NJ hearts gun registration. Registration > Confiscation > Tyranny > Mass Murder. Just sayin’ . . .
A3583/1613: Establishes School Security Task Force – Paving the way for unionized cops to cash-in on taxpayer fears. Again. Still.
Passed by both houses but changed slightly; needs new vote in Assembly
A3788: Turns state regulation that firearms owner info is not public information into a state law – A winner! But don’t get to thinking that their doing this out of respect. Ex-cops are scared shitless of the publication of firearm owners’ names and addresses
A3659: Bans the .50-caliber rifle — the most powerful weapon available to civilians – Most powerful weapon aside from, say, a fertilizer bomb. The number of crimes committed with a .50-caliber rifle in NJ are . . . none. Gun control theater at its worst. I hope.
Passed Senate but not Assembly
S2723: Sweeney’s “centerpiece” bill on gun permits that would embed firearm purchase permit information on driver’s licenses instead of separate paper permits, create a system for instant background checks, require gun buyers to show they completed a safety training course and stiffen penalties for letting guns slip into the hands of minors. Four bills passed by the Assembly (A3510, A1683, A3645 and A3748) have been incorporated into this bill – Putting firearm info on a driver’s license enables government harassment and potential firearms confiscation [see; above]. There’s already a federal system for instant background checks. Safety training courses are a hurdle to legal gun ownership (especially for poor people) with no proven effect on “gun safety.” Stopping minors from handling guns allows gun grabbers to damage the culture supporting legal firearms ownership.
S1133: Requires presumption that any bail paid by defendant charged with certain weapons offenses be paid in the form of full cash – As much as I favor keeping people convicted of violent firearms offense in jail, they should be proven guilty first. Making it harder if not impossible for people charged with a weapons offense to raise bail sets a dangerous precedent for our justice system. If a judge denies them bail, fair enough. Otherwise, WTF?
S1279: Upgrades penalty for unlawfully transferring a firearm to an underage person; permits transfer for instruction and training – Not sure of the details on this one, but I’m always suspicious of laws that substitute government oversight for parental responsibility.
S2430: Declares violence a public health crisis and establishes “Study Commission on Violence” – Boondoggle.
S2468: Allows impounding motor vehicles if driver unlawfully has a gun – Why not take their house and credit cards too? As the Communists used to say, what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine.
S2715: Requires Department of Education to prepare and distribute pamphlets on how parents can limit a child’s exposure to media violence – Now that’s funny. Or not, if you consider that taxpayer money’s being used to brainwash kids and harass a perfectly legal enterprise.
S2719: Enhances penalties for gun trafficking firearms offenses – Good.
S2720: Clarifies that information concerning the total number of firearms purchaser identification cards and permits to purchase a handgun issued in a municipality are public records – Also good.
S2725: Makes it a third-degree crime to possess air or spring gun for an unlawful purpose – Airguns? BB guns? Seriously? Existing NJ laws already penalize the use of any gun-like object in the commission of a crime. Making simple possession of an airgun or BB gun a third degree crime is simply a move to destroy New Jersey’s gun culture. Such as it is.
S2801: Increases statute of limitations for prosecution of theft of firearm from five to 10 years – Yeah, like the NJ Po-Po are going to arrest people for ten-year-old gun thefts.
S2804: Makes unlawful possession of firearms a first-degree crime; increases mandatory minimum sentences under the “Graves Act” – I’m tough on crime but mandatory minimums don’t work and can make life hell for an otherwise law-abiding citizen.
Passed Assembly but not Senate *
A1329: Reduces maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds – FOAD
A588: Bans possession of ammunition capable of penetrating body armor – Rife rounds penetrate body armor. Stupid-ass law that will limit the sale of proper defensive ammunition.
A1116: Establishes 180-day prohibition on purchase of handgun for those convicted of failing to report loss or theft of firearm – Could have been worse, but what is the point, exactly?
A1387: Permits municipalities to establish weapons-free zones around schools and public facilities – Ever try avoiding a weapons-free zone while walking around an urban area? Besides, weapons-free zones are criminal invitation zones. Profoundly ignorant law that grants too much power to local liberals pursuing an anti-gun agenda.