How much time did New Jersey reps have to read the 22 civilian disarmament bills passed at 3am this morning? I hope they had more time than New York politicians; Empire State legislators had all of 20 minutes to peruse the SAFE Act before voting began. Speaking of which . . . “With less than a month before provisions of New York’s gun law go into effect, mental health professionals are waiting to learn the exact procedure for reporting people they deem likely to seriously injure themselves or others,” democratandchronicle.com reports . . .
Neither the Office of Mental Health or Governor Cuomo have issued guidelines for who gets reported or how. Or when. Or where. Not to mention the fact that health care workers [rightly] fear that the Act will discourage seriously mentally ill New Yorkers who own firearms from seeking help. Which could lead to more spree killers.
In other words, civilian disarmament bills suck in both principle and practice.
Buried in New Jersey bill A1387 is this little gem: it’s OK to enter one of New Jersey’s about-to-be-created “weapons free” zones with a firearm if you’re . . .
A member of any rifle or pistol club organized in accordance with the rules prescribed by the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice, in going to or from a place of target practice, carrying such firearms as are necessary for said target practice, provided that the club has filed a copy of its charter with the superintendent and annually submits a list of its members to the superintendent and provided further that the firearms are carried in the manner specified in subsection g. of this section.
Did you know New Jersey gun clubs have to report their members’ names to the police? Every. Single. Year.
Anyway, what’s the likelihood a gun owner will stray within the boundaries of a weapon free zone—given that the bill doesn’t require signage and officially sanctioned WFZ maps “may be changed from time to time by the governing body of the municipality”? Needless to say, what they don’t know can hurt them . . .
It shall not be a defense to prosecution for a violation of the ordinance that the actor was unaware that the prohibited possession took place within 500 feet of the outermost boundaries of the public property safety zone.
Who knows what new police state provisions are buried within the 22 pieces of legislation headed for Governor Christie’s desk? Or what collateral damage they could cause?
I reckon NJ residents will be paying for these civilian disarmament measures in the years to come, in ways that they couldn’t imagine.