Friday, December 31, 2010

What is the 'Militia'?

Every discussion I have with someone who is not an avid Second Amendments rights advocate seems to boil down to the word 'militia'. They feel that militia means the Military, or the National Guard, or some other form of organized defense.

I came across this article which really simplifies what the intent of our Founding Fathers was, and is, regarding the Second Amendment and just what that word 'militia' really means - then and now.

To quote Mark Whittington; 'The problem is that "Militia" in the 18th Century referred to the entire citizenry in arms. Thus, when one shoots an intruder who is bent on doing one harm in one's home, one is acting as a member of a militia in enforcing the law, according to the original intent of the founders.'

See - it's simple - we are the militia, so let's stop over complicating things.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I am not a criminal - or am I?

I was reading a great article by Greg Bean in the Examiner and was shocked (as were many of his readers) to find that I just MIGHT be a criminal and acting illegally every day. No, I am not carrying a concealed handgun without a permit, nor am I robbing banks or stealing Tootsie Rolls from my local Krausers.

You see, I carry knives. Pocket knives of the folding variety to be exact. I keep one in my car as well. These are generally high quality knives made by Kershaw, Buck and Spyderco. These are tools. I can open boxes with them, pry stuck items loose with them, trim hanging threads with them, and thousands of other non-weapon like activities.

All of my knives have blades under 5 inches in length and fit neatly in my pocket. When carrying them, I never have an urge to stab someone with them, ever. I do not secretly hope that someone will accost me so I can 'whip out my knife' and defend myself. They are just tools.

I am going to do some more research and see if I can put together a comprehensive list of state and local laws pertaining to New Jersey knife laws. I will post my results here. If any of you have links or information, please feel freJe to contact me or post here.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

'Large' Capacity Magazine Restrictions for New Jersey - a reminder

As a reminder to all my New Jersey shooters, the magazine limit in New Jersey is 15 rounds - NOT 10:

New Jersey prohibits the manufacture, transport, shipment, sale, or disposal of any large capacity ammunition magazine, unless the magazine is intended to be used for authorized military or law enforcement purposes. N.J. Rev. Stat § 2C:39-9h. New Jersey law defines "large capacity ammunition magazine" as a box, drum, tube or other container which is capable of holding more than 15 rounds of ammunition to be fed continuously and directly into a semi-automatic firearm. Section 2C:39-1y.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Brian Aitken receives commutation of sentence

Congratulations Brian, and congratulations Gov. Christie - for making the right choice - well done sir!

Read the ORDER here.

Monday, December 20, 2010

How to stop a carjacking ...

Last week was deadly and violent in Newark. Nine carjackings, nine shootings and three attempted carjackings. One of the attempted carjackings was an off-duty Essex County Sheriff. The officer fired at the suspects, who fled in a Jeep that was used in an earlier carjacking.

This begs the question, how many of the nine successful carjackings would have failed if the car owners had been armed and able to defend themselves? How many fewer ATTEMPTS would have been made if the CRIMINALS were not sure which VICTIMS were armed and would resist?

These statistics show that 67% of all victims of non-fatal carjackings resisted their attacker even though 74% of all victims faced an ARMED attacker. The statistics are from 2002 and are the most recent I could find. They also do not differentiate HOW the victim resisted.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Alan Gottlieb to speak at 'Free Brian Aitken' Rally

--- UPDATE --- Rally Canceled by Brian ---

I hope to see you all at the rally. This is a unique opportunity for us to gather together in New Jersey and demand justice.

The press release is HERE

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Detectives Recover Historic Colt Revolvers Stolen from Museum in 1998

How's this for fun. You buy a house and one day you are in the attic and find this box stuffed in the insulation. You open it up and it has two 19th century Colt revolvers in it! Too bad the guy who owned the house before you stole them from the local museum :-(

http://www.thealternativepress.com/articles/detectives-recover-historic-colt-revolvers-stolen-from-museum-in-1998--2

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Invasive Personal Privacy Legislation Passes Committee!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
On Monday, November 15, the New Jersey State Government, Wagering and Tourism Committee approved S2379 by a 3 to 1 vote.  Introduced by State Senator’s Barbara Buono (D-18) and Loretta Weinberg (D-37), this legislation would require organizations such as the NRA and the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC), to send information regarding their contributions to the government.

Specifically, S2379 would mandate that any “issue advocacy organization” classified under IRS Code as a 501(C)(3), 501(C)(4) or 527 that engages in the election or defeat of any person to state or local elective office; the passage or defeat of any public question; or that provides political information on any candidate, submit the names and addresses of contributors and their employers to the Election Law Enforcement Commission.

At this time, S2379 has yet to be scheduled for debate on the Senate floor, so please continue to check your email and www.NRAILA.org for any new developments.  In the mean time, please begin contacting your State Senator and respectfully urge him or her to oppose S2379! 

Monday, November 15, 2010

A letter from Senator Jeff Van Drew regarding S2264

Below is a letter from Senator Jeff Van Drew, transcribed verbatim. A link to the scanned document is available HERE:

Dear Mr. Steele,

I am writing to you today because you have recently contacted my office with regards to Senate bill 2264, which dramatically improves the process by which New Jersey residents to apply for, and receive, a handgun carry permit.

I first wanted to thank you for your support of my initiative. As you well know, New Jersey is the most restrictive state in the nation with respect to a citizen's right to carry. I firmly believe that New Jersey has gone overboard in its regulation of guns and that is whi I, along with my Assembly colleagues Nelson Albano and Matthew Milam, have introduced this important, and common sense, legislation.

Agter hearing from thousands of citizens, like you, from around the State of New Jersey, I have decided to introduce a new piece of legislation that would mirror S2264 in every way - namely that an applicant for a permit to carry would no longer have to establish the court standard 'justifiable need," but rather simply show that they are "qualified" to carry - with one exception. I will be lowering the application fee from $500 to $100.

I, along with Assemblyman Albano and Assemblyman Milam, will be introducing this new legislation in the next week, and will likewise withdraw S2264. After careful reflection, I simply believe that $500 is too much. We must not continue to fund the State's coughers on the backs of hard working New Jerseyans. Once we have introduced this new bill, I will write to you again to provide you with some additional information, including the new bill number and how you can track its progress online as we move through this tough process.

As I said in my previous letter to you, I cannot promise that this initiative will pass, but I do promise that my Assembly colleagues and I will do everything in our power to move it forward and continue the debate over our Second Amendment rights.

Best wishes,

Signed

JEFF VAN DREW
Senator, 1st District





Thursday, November 11, 2010

Self Defense: (MA) Man defends himself with knife after traffic accident

So, if you are involved in an accident, pull over to the side of the road to exchange paperwork, and someone stuck in traffic that was NOT involved in the accident assaults you - don't defend yourself - at least not in MA - not!

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/11/man_scared_to_d.html?p1=Local_Links

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Self Defense: (NJ) Madison man successfully defends himself with a bat

When I first read this I thought, 'finally the Star Ledger is being impartial', until I looked closely at the hyperlink to the story. Even though the headline reads 'Madison resident will not be charged...' the URL is to a web page titled 'madison_man_is_hospitalized' - guess the criminal is the victim again ... (sarcasm intentional).

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/11/madison_man_is_hospitalized_fo.html

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Self Defense : (TX) Deadly Home Invasion

I am starting a new series of posts called 'Self Defense'. I will posting articles about how law-abiding citizens around the country have successfully defended themselves using their firearms.

This first one comes from Texas, where two men with a violent history, attempting to do harm to a homeowner. One of them died, and the other is still in the hospital.

http://www.kens5.com/home/Deadly-home-invasion-suspects-had-history-of-breaking-law-106703588.html

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Boyce Would Strictly Adhere to Constitution

Mr. Boyce - Please run for MY district!  http://tinyurl.com/2f2zpw7

This is his platform:

•Protecting the Unalienable Right to Life for all, including the Unborn, the Elderly, and the Infirm.
•Protecting the Unalienable Rights for Liberty and Private Property.
•Obeying U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights; interpreted according to the original intent of the Founding Fathers.
•Upholding States Rights, everything not specifically delegated by the Constitution to the federal government, nor prohibited by the Constitution to the states, is reserved to the States.
•Securing our Border and Enforcing Immigration Laws.
•Ensuring the individual Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms Repealing the Veterans Disarmament Act.
•Maintaining a Strong National Defense and No Undeclared Wars.
•Repealing the Sixteenth Amendment (Federal Income Tax).
•Dismantling Federal Reserve.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Police Have No Duty To Protect Individuals

"Because the police have no general duty to protect individuals, judicial remedies are not available for their failure to protect. In other words, if someone is injured because they expected but did not receive police protection, they cannot recover damages by suing (except in very special cases, explained below)."

You really need to read and understand this - YOU are responsible for protecting your life and the lives of your family and those under your care.

Monday, October 25, 2010

N.J. laws on guns may be relaxed

I'm not sure if the author of this piece is trying to make a political statement about the property tax cap and police being laid off - however the point about New Jersey residents having the RIGHT to defend themselves stands out. It's a short read - enjoy: N.J. laws on guns may be relaxed | courierpostonline.com | Courier-Post

Friday, October 22, 2010

Opinion: Should condos have the right to restrict weapons? - NorthJersey.com

I found this Op-Ed piece early this morning and thought I would share. I completely disagree with Mr. Bonvie's reasoning - it is more of the same 'lock up your wives and kids' stuff, using the same tired and dishonest arguments the anti-gunners love to use. Please read the article (perhaps on an empty stomach to prevent losing your breakfast) and then read the comments.

Opinion: Should condos have the right to restrict weapons? - NorthJersey.com

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I just found and joined a new social networking site for shooters:


http://www.shooterslegion.com/

Did you know that Brian Aitken is still in jail?!?!

This young man was legally transporting his legally owned handguns which he legally purchased in Colorado to his new residence in New Jersey. Why is he still in jail after seven years?

http://tinyurl.com/24ofmbb

Monday, October 18, 2010

Awesome website!

I just found an awesome website - http://wheretoshoot.org - you can search for shooting locations anywhere in the USA.

N.J. Assembly advances legislation aimed at better protecting domestic violence victims

"The measure creating a self-defense justification for domestic violence victims was sponsored by L. Grace Spencer, (D-Newark). She said it would make evidence surrounding domestic violence restraining orders admissible and relevant to determining if someone protected by such orders was justified in using force to protect themselves."

http://tinyurl.com/23n89tf

Firearm buyback program in Atlantic County

MAYS LANDING - More than 511 firearms and other weapons were turned in during a gun buy-back program in Atlantic City and Pleasantville over the weekend, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel announced.

http://tinyurl.com/25q3k8p

Monday, October 11, 2010

from the 'Educating themselves into imbicility' folder

While the Seton Hall shooting was tragic, the liberal viewpoint that even more regulation will prevent these types of CRIMES is mis-placed. Please read this article titled 'Opinion: Don’t touch gun-carry permit laws' ... and then read the comments at the bottom.

Once again misinformation and hysteria are the primary tools of the liberal 'educators'

http://tinyurl.com/2a5bydv

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Right to Carry bills A1384 and S69

I would like to urge you all to contact your state representatives and ask them to have assembly bill A1384 and senate bill S69 moved to a vote.

If you have not read them yet - you can get them here:

A1384 (HTML)
A1384 (PDF)

S69 (HTML)
S69 (PDF)

You can also contact the bill sponsors and committee chairs by going to http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/Default.asp and entering the bill numbers on the right side of the web page.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A2595 is being held in committee

[reprinted from NRA-ILA email]
 
Thanks to your calls, A2595 sponsored by Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein (D-14), was discussed before the Assembly Judiciary Committee today but held without a vote.

A2595 is a blatant attempt by entrenched New Jersey Politicians to strong arm citizens who oppose their re-election. If passed, A2595 would mandate that any "issue advocacy organization” classified under IRS Code as a 501(C) (3), 501 (C) (4) or 527 that engages in the election or defeat of any person to State or local elective office; the passage or defeat of any public question; or that provides political information on any candidate, must submit the names and addresses of contributors and their employers to the Election Law Enforcement Commission.

The NRA will continue to watch this bill and work to ensure that our members privacy and right to participate within the legislative and political process without the threat of retaliation is protected.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Selling your rifle or shotgun?

Make sure you complete a Certificate of Eligibility - both the seller and the buyer must have a valid NJ Firearms Purchase Permit.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

NRA-ILA :: Outrage Of The Week

Well-meaning firearm owner, through a series of events that were no fault of his own, inadvertently ran afoul of the law (or, rather, an interpretation of the law).

NRA-ILA :: Outrage Of The Week

Friday, March 26, 2010

New gun!

We finally purchased our first 1911 series pistol - the Taurus PT1911 in Stainless - it's GORGEOUS! I put a link to the YouTube review that NUTNFANCY did at the bottom of the blog. The Taurus 1911 has as many critics as it does fans - I will let you know how well it shoots over the next few weeks.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Great response from a retired police officer to an op-ed piece about gun control

The Record, a north New Jersey paper had an op-ed piece from a Mr. Anthony Iannarelli who stated we "should not rely on guns at home for protection". It was rebutted by retired police officer and current private detective Warren E. Neumann. His response was well reasoned and well written. http://tinyurl.com/yjc8ubc

NJ gun owners file suite to overturn one-gun-a-month

This is an article from The Star Ledger about the lawsuit filed on behalf of New Jersey gun owners by the ANJRPC. I found the fact that many police departments are refusing to PROCESS more than one purchase application per applicant a month to be disturbing. http://tinyurl.com/yjw9bto

One gun a month

I thought it was important to put the link up about New Jersey's One-gun-a-month that passed in January http://tinyurl.com/yjklcc8

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Join the NRA here and receive a discount!

I have become an NRA Recruiter and am inviting you to either join the NRA or renew your membership here. You can click this LINK to go the the NRA website and receive a discount

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs

I just joined the ANJRPC and thought I would share the URL with you all. http://www.anjrpc.org/ is their website and i think you should check them out.