Lock and No Load in New Jersey

The state of New Jersey seems to go out of its way to make sure gun owners cannot use their weapons in self-defense.  Current law states that whether stationery or traveling, the gun must be unloaded, locked in its case and then locked in a safe when at home or in a place of business, and in the trunk of your car while traveling.

 

The state Senate’s Law and Public Safety Committee today voted 3-2 along party lines to approve the legislation (A2006), which lowers the allowed size from 15 rounds to 10. The bill has been kicking around the Legislature since 2012 as one of several dozen pushed in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Ct. But, while it has already passed the Assembly twice, this is the first time it has advanced in the state Senate.

 

To become law, the bill – which the Assembly passed 46-31 in March – must pass the full Senate and be signed by Gov. Chris Christie. Although Christie has not taken a position on the bill, he noted at a March town hall meeting that he had vetoed more bills than any governor since at least 1947.

 

The New Jersey Senate Law & Public Safety Committee was scheduled to meet at today in Committee Room 10 in the State House Annex, 125 West State Street, Trenton, to hear testimony on bills S993 and A2777. S993 will ban yet additional firearms and limit law-abiding individuals to 10 round magazines when defending their homes and families from criminals. Due to the language used, A2777 will severely restrict where you can be when transporting your unloaded, locked firearms. The full text of both bills can be found on:

 

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This bill clarifies the meaning of the term “deviations as are reasonably necessary” as it applies to transporting firearms in this State.

 

Under current law, certain persons are authorized to transport a firearm in this State if the firearm is unloaded and is either contained in a closed and fastened case or locked in the trunk of the motor vehicle.  This applies to licensed firearms dealers traveling during their normal business; firearm owners transporting their firearms for repairs; members of authorized rifle and pistol clubs transporting their firearms to and from target practice; persons traveling to hunting or fishing destinations; and persons traveling to certain firearms exhibitions. 

 

Persons authorized to transport a firearm under these circumstances may, in the course of travel, take only those deviations that are reasonably necessary under the circumstances. 

This bill defines “deviations as are reasonably necessary” to mean collecting and discharging certain passengers, purchasing fuel, using a restroom, and contending with an emergency situation. 

The bill also clarifies that a person transporting a weapon is required to comply with all other applicable State laws relating to weapons

 

Whether or not you own a firearm, if you believe that individuals have the right to protect their lives and families, this new bill just makes the debate even more ridiculous.  The Garden State has no constitutional right to ban guns.  But they sure can make them more and more difficult to use.

 

The people who probably need them most – honest citizens living in crowded cities – cannot fire a gun within three hundred feet of a residential building.  They are allowed to own small firearms.  But the guns must be dismantled and locked up.  By the time the owner gets the gun out of its locked case and assembled, the intruder has stolen most of the household and has escaped down the nearest highway. The police show up, but there’s nothing they can do but investigate and hope they catch the perpetrator.

 

If only the state government were as determined to control the mentally ill, drug dealers and users, and armed robbers as they are legal gun owners.  But they’re not afraid of any of those groups.  Most of them compose crucial constituencies:  health professionals, minorities, and the youth vote.

 

They’re more afraid of the law-abiding gun owners who find themselves abiding ever more overreaching laws that punish rather than protect law-abiding citizens and questioning those laws and the powerful lobbyists and corrupt politicians who pass them.

 

With Agenda 21 looming on New Jersey’s horizon – indeed, the future housing projects that are now billed as high-end housing are already there  – the other shoe will drop on Agenda 21.  Property owners in the Garden State will find themselves in the same position as Cliven Bundy.  The federal government will own a regionalized New Jersey where ownership of land will be limited to the politically connected and wealthy donors.  The average suburbanite will be living in a crowded housing project with tuberculosis-carrying immigrants.

 

The New Jersey legislature can’t take away your guns; but they sure can make it as hard as possible for you to use it.  Listed below are the members of the Law and Public Safety Committee who jammed your guns.

 NEW JERSEY SENATE L& PS COMMITTEE:

Donald Norcross (Chair) (D5) sennorcross@njleg.org Phone: 856-547-4800 Fax: 856-547-5496

Linda Greenstein (Vice Chair) (D14) sengreenstein@njleg.org Phone: 609-395-9911 Fax: 609-395-9032

 Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R16) senbateman@njleg.org Phone: 908-526-3600 Fax: 908-707-4578

 James Holzapfel (R10) senholzapfel@njleg.org Phone: 732-840-9028 Fax: 732-840-9757

Nick Sacco (D32) sensacco@njleg.org Phone: 201-295-0200 Fax: 201-295-8294

 

 

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