Christie endorses easing New Jersey gun rules app.com reports. The subhead: “Panel says NJ’s rules can be clarified to make state more hospitable to gun owners. Christie endorses ideas, which draw criticism from both sides of gun issue.” Translation: window dressing. The report by the Firearm Purchase and Permitting Study Commission, a three-member body created by Christie the night before he announced his presidential bid, lets Christie claim . . .
he’s “doing something” for gun rights in the Garden State. More precisely, that he wants to do something for gun rights, but the legislature won’t let him! The second part of that assertion being beyond dispute. Anyway, let’s go to that report . . .
So the Firearm Commission agrees with New Jersey’s highest court that the right to keep and bear arms protected from government infringement by the United States Constitution, incorporated by the U.S. Supreme Court’s McDonald decision, is a privilege, not a right. Save the addition of the word “reasonably” – a distinction without a difference – this “change” represents no change whatsoever.
laughably helpfully provides three theoretical examples of theoretical petitioners who should theoretically be granted a carry permit under this “new” recommended interpretation of “justifiable need.” Here’s my favorite:
So unless you witness someone kill someone who’d seen someone kill someone else, you’re SOL. How did the Commission justify this legal legerdomain? They cite a lot of case history – from New Jersey – that makes it seem like the Garden State is upholding the Second Amendment. The Executive Summery puts it this way:
The recommendations following that statement are about as impotent as you’d imagine.
Addressing the delays experienced by New Jersey residents seeking to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, they suggest that the Superintendent of State Police punish annual stats on the time taken to process applications. After viewing the undercover video [published on TTAG] of applicants subjected to unlawful delay and onerous burdens of proof, the Commission also recommended that the NJ AG tell local authorities to cut that shit out (paraphrasing).
So, a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing. If Christie thought the Commission would bolster his support amongst gun rights advocates/voters, boy was he wrong.