Friday, December 30, 2011

NJ2AS building momentum.

NJ2AS Operation Establish Compliance Records First Substantial Victory

For Immediate Release:

Manahawkin, NJ - The New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) has recorded its first substantial victory in Operation Establish Compliance with the reversal of Egg Harbor Township’s policy of requiring the signing of an unlimited release of information and liability waiver as a condition of processing firearms permit applications. Operation Establish Compliance is the ongoing effort to force Municipal Police Departments to issue firearms permits in accordance with the law.

NJ2AS was only days away from filing a lawsuit challenging the additional form when Drew Parker, who serves on the Egg Harbor Township Zoning Board and is a member of NJ2AS, brought the issue to the attention of the Township Committee.  The Committee immediately conducted a thorough investigation, led by Joe Cafero, ultimately concluding that the form was in use, and was, in fact, an illegal additional requirement.  The Committee then acted quickly to stop the use of the form.

"The NJ2AS Board of Directors, Staff and all of our members applaud the actions of the Egg Harbor Township’s Township Committee and the cooperation of their Chief of Police.", said Frank Fiamingo, President and co-founder of NJ2AS. "We are grateful that they did the right thing, and in doing so, have avoided a costly lawsuit for both parties.  It is encouraging to see such effective and responsible leadership at the local level. That's the whole point of having a Second Amendment Society.  So we can work together to resolve problems."

NJ2AS has now shifted focus to another town with similar requirements. "Our current, ongoing lawsuit, NJ2AS v. NJSP, seeking access to the NJSP Firearms Applicant Investigation Guide, has shown that we are willing to go to the mat.", Frank Fiamingo went on to say. "We will do whatever it takes to eliminate these illegal practices.  As usual, we will provide updates to our efforts in Operation Establish Compliance as soon as they become available.  Anyone can sign up for our free email alert system at NJ2AS.com."

The New Jersey Second Amendment Society (http://www.NJ2AS.com) is the most relevant pro-gun-owner organization in New Jersey with thousands of members and supporters throughout the State, emphasizing education of the community and legislature, safety and skills training and properly distinguishing between criminals and the law-abiding in legislation and administrative practices.

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Media Contact: Mark Steele, Director of Internal Communications, 732-213-0159, communications@nj2as.com

Monday, December 5, 2011

2nd Amendment in New Jersey: Brigid Callahan Harrison May be Educated, But Not ...

Great posting from 2nd Amendment in New Jersey blog - does a great job of dismantling common H.R. 822 arguments:

2nd Amendment in New Jersey: Brigid Callahan Harrison May be Educated, But Not ...: Anyone who has children at Montclair University should take them out of this lady's class. She should be brought up on disciplinary action f...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Confused About New Jersey Gun Laws?

Here is an excellent video that goes through the ridiculousness of our New Jersey Firearm laws - let me know what you think.

View HERE

Monday, October 10, 2011

Do You Live in Ocean City, Egg Harbor Township and Pennsville, NJ?

If the answer is yes, I would like you to contact Frank Flamingo of NJ2AS. If your FID or PPP has been unduly delayed, or you were REQUIRED to fill out anything other than the two forms required by the State of New Jersey, they need to hear from you *NOW*. The NJ2AS attorney has zeroed in on these towns as especially good venues for our NEXT phase of OPERATION ESTABLISH COMPLIANCE. We PLAINTIFFS!!! If you fit the bill or know someone who does please contact legislation@nj2as.com ASAP. Things are moving FAST!

You can get more information about the NJ2AS at their home page or on FaceBook

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

NJ Gun Possession Conviction Overturned on Appeal

Common sense in the New Jersey judiciary?!?

Evan Nappen is a hero of the Second Amendment. Read here.

H.R. 822 Petition

Friends,

The White House has a petition available for signature in support of H.R. 822 - the petition is located at https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/support-hr-822-national-right-carry-reciprocity-act-2011/FD9zpRf5. The site DOES require you to register and I know some folks are not too keen on getting on the 'list' - however as gun owners in New Jersey let me ASSURE you - you are already WAY on the grid.

Take a look and sign if you want to - I am!

FNRA Centennial Commemorative Colt 1911

Hey all - it's been some time since I posted and I wanted to bring you up to speed. There has been a lot going on with NJ2AS, NRA-ILA EVC and both kids going off to college.

Remember the Friends of the NRA dinner that was in Essex County? Well I won the auction for the FNRA Centennial Commemorative Colt 1911! It's a beautiful firearm and if anyone is interested in purchasing it from me, please send me a note through the blog. As much as I would love to keep it, I has bills to pay!

More postings to come soon.

Monday, September 5, 2011

New Jersey 12th Congressional District NRA-ILA EVC

My faithful reader(s):

I wanted to let you know I am the newest Election Volunteer Coordinator (EVC) for the 12th Congressional District of New Jersey. NRA-ILA's Election Volunteer Coordinators (EVCs) act as the liaison between pro-gun candidates and NRA members and gun owners in their districts. EVCs work to spearhead ILA's volunteer activities to ensure that pro-freedom candidates have sufficient volunteers for campaign-related activities.

You can receive more information about the NRA-ILA at http://www.nraila.org/ActionCenter/GetInvolvedLocally/EVCbyState.aspx?st=NJ.

If you are interested in becoming a FrontLines(TM) NRA-ILA Volunteer, please follow this link to sign up.

And finally - join the facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/nj2as/ 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

NJ2AS Meeting Tonight

the wife and I will be in Toms River tonight to hear Rob Pincus speak and to complete our Florida Non-resident Concealed Carry paperwork. Come by and say hi!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Two Good 'Causes'

1st Cause:

I signed myself and my wife up for the New Jersey Second Amendment Association (nj2as.com) and we plan on attending the meeting next week in Tom's River - Rob Pincus will be there from the Outdoor channel. In addition to that, we are both going to apply for our Florida non-resident concealed carry permits.

2nd Cause:

I signed myself and my son up (still working on the wife) to attend the Ruger Rimfire Match being held in Winslow, NJ on August 27, 2011 at the South Jersey Shooting Club - this should be great fun and if you are planning to attend, let me know - I would love to say 'howdy'.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I Been Tellin' Ya All Along ...

Attorney Evan Nappen has thrown down the gauntlet challenging anyone to prove that Gun Buyback (you know how much I hate that term) programs in New Jersey are LEGAL - he is offering $5,000 to the first person who can show how this type of program is legal in our state.

In short, there is no provision for anonymous surrendering of firearms in New Jersey - in fact, we are required to notify the Chief of Police in WRITING prior to surrendering a firearm.

Once again, law abiding citizens must contort to not become a felon, and state agencies blatantly ignore the laws.

What do you think?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pickin' Nits ... Again

I find nit picking to be a rather passive-aggressive past time of mine. I don't know why I do it, or why it bothers me so much when small bits of information are reported incorrectly ... oh wait ... it's because Words have Meaning and I believe many people, especially those who are supposed to reporting unbiased news, intentionally mis-report and mis-represent information.

In any case, Jersey City had a gun buy-back recently. So, here is my first nit - these programs are NOT buy-backs - unless the guns in question were originally purchased from or stolen from the city - you cannot buy-back something you did not buy in the first place.

Surrenderors we given $100 for ever rifle and shotgun surrendered, and $150 for every handgun and automatic weapon surrendered. Nit #2 - people were really turning in automatic weapons? I don't think so - semi-automatic handguns I believe. I guess it's possible that they were accepting fully automatic weapons - does the immunity clause that is normally offered during these gun surrenderings apply to automatic weapons?

Rant over.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011

New Jersey's First and Only Pro-Gun Radio Show

I just saw the announcement over at ammoland.com that Gun For Hire has a new radio show / podcast and added the program to my podcast library (BTW - if you have an Android phone - the absolute BEST podcast software is Pocket Casts).

I will be listening to episodes three and four on my commute home this evening.

*** UPDATE ***

I like the show - it is informative and humorous. One issue however, the host uses the 'S' word often and I find it unnecessary and offensive - not a show I can recommend to my son or fellow shooters without disclosure. Hopefully Anthony will realize he has a lot of wisdom to share and doesn't need to punctuate with profanity.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sorry for the lack of posts ...

Hey everyone - sorry for the lack of posts lately. I am rolling out a new website at work and my development team and I have been in early and out late. The launch occurs on June 30th, so hopefully I will get back to posting a few times a week by then.

Friday, May 27, 2011

S2864 Establishes 80 as Maximum Age for Issuing Special Handgun Carry Permits to Retired Police Officers.

S2864 Establishes 80 as maximum age for issuing special handgun carry permits to retired police officers.
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Primary Sponsor: Bucco, Anthony R.
5/12/2011 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
Introduced - 11 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
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S2864 changes the maximum age for retired police officers can obtain a special handgun carry permit from 75 years to 80 years of age. There is a lot of interesting material in this bill and I would encourage you all to read through it. One thing I noticed was the following provision on page 10, line 10 of the PDF file:

1 of the retired law
2 enforcement officer, the superintendent shall request a verification
3 of service from the chief law enforcement officer of the
4 organization in which the retired officer was last regularly
5 employed as a full-time law enforcement officer prior to retiring.
6 The verification of service shall include:
7 (a) The name and address of the retired officer;
8 (b) The date that the retired officer was hired and the date that
9 the officer retired;
10 (c) A list of all handguns known to be registered to that officer;
11 (d) A statement that, to the reasonable knowledge of the chief
12 law enforcement officer, the retired officer is not subject to any of
13 the restrictions set forth in subsection c. of N.J.S.2C:58-3; and
14 (e) A statement that the officer retired in good standing.
I didn't realize that retired officers had to have all their firearms registered and with their prior employers and that that list needed to be submitted and verified as part of the concealed carry application process.

Let me know if you find any other interesting tidbits.

We're Making Progress

The Daily Record is reporting that abduction victim Jeff Muller's CCW request has been approved. You will recall that Mr. Muller is part of the SAF lawsuit in New Jersey to change the concealed carry laws, specifically the 'show need' portion of the laws.

We're making progress - one law abiding citizen at a time.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

30 Day Extension for Comments Regarding ATF Multiple Long Rifle Reporting

You officially have five more days to make your voice heard over at the ATF. Please ... Please read the notice from the ATF and then send an email to: oira_submission@omb.eop.gov.

You will need to include the following in the subject line:  OMB control number [1140-NEW]

Here is a copy of the email that I sent to them (I took the one from the Brady Campaign and corrected it with facts):


I am writing to offer my comment in OPPOSITION of the Proposal to Require Reporting of Multiple Sales of Certain Long Guns (OMB control number 1140NEW).

America's draconian gun laws have contributed to massive numbers of law abiding citizens to be denied their Constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms via the Second Amendment.

Reporting multiple sales of weapons such as semi-automatic rifles will not provide the ATF with any useful information that will in any way provide notification of bulk gun sales to traffickers and will not give law enforcement any advantage in dealing with potential traffickers.

The proposed reporting requirement is a waste of taxpayer dollars and an unnecessary burden on FFL holders.

I strongly OPPOSE OMB control number 1140NEW.

Regards,

Mark Steele
Street Address
City, State  ZIP
Feel free to create your own - but send them an email before the day is out.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thank God He Had a Gun

Read this story about a law abiding concealed carry permit holding New Jersey man who was able to defend his life when attacked by two armed criminals. The citizen is a retired police officer, and therefore is allowed to legally possess a concealed firearm.

Think about how many other law abiding citizens would reap the same benefits if they were allowed to defend themselves.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Tables are Turned

New Jersey County and State Prosecutors are no longer eligible to carry a concealed weapon after they retire now that even stricter gun laws are in place. The language states they are not considered 'law enforcement officers'.

I'm sorry, it's a character defect on my part when I take pleasure in someone else's misfortune, but when I read this I thought 'how do YOU like it!' Law abiding citizens in New Jersey have been denied their Constitutional rights for a long time. NOW the elitist group of 'haves' has been reduced and the once privileged NJ Prosecutors have been un-invited from the party.

Maybe we will see some traction on gun-law reform now .... maybe not.

Anyway, a couple of statements in the article need to be addressed:

  "Unlike police officers and investigators, both assistant prosecutors and deputy attorneys general are ‘lawyers first and foremost’ whose ‘essential responsibility is to provide legal advice,’ " the court wrote, referring to the statement accompanying the Senate bill creating the law in 1996. "Their primary duty ‘is to perform legal services in connection with law enforcement.’ ’’

Hmmm - that might be their primary duty at their day job, but what about their (and our) duty to uphold the constitution, protect our families, protect our neighbors and our community?

"He believes that the statute afford him that opportunity,’’ said his attorney, Frank Pisano III. "Like any other prosecutor, he’s locked up some people in the past who may come up for parole now.’’

I have not locked up anyone and I have a higher probability of an armed intruder or road-rager attack than the Prosecutors have of a felon hunting them down - I'm pretty sure they are notified of pending prisoner releases - wait - maybe we should keep dangerous felons locked up.

The lawyer said New Jersey’s strict gun laws require him to show an urgent need for self-protection, that he was subject to substantial threat of serious bodily injury and that carrying a weapon would reduce that threat.

He said that was "a very difficult standard to meet."

No kidding. It's also an ILLEGAL requirement to meet - the Constitution has no such requirement.

Mr. and Mrs. NJ Prosecutor - meet our pain - join us in our fight!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Deaths in America

I found this on the blog Common Folk Using Common Sense. Just something to think about for all those folks that think banning guns will save lots of lives. The VAST majority of people killed in the US every day are murdered in utero ... no gun required.
 
  • 42 People are murdered, each day
  • 6 People are murdered by illegal immigrants, each day
  • 0.29 People are murdered each day in ‘mass shootings’ involving 4 or more victims
  • 0.08 People are murdered each day with ‘assault rifles’
  • 102 People die in traffic accidents, each day
  • 32 People are killed in alcohol related traffic accidents, each day
  • 2.8 People are killed each day in total plane crashes
  • 0.007 People are killed each day in terrorism related plane crashes (including 9/11/01 in a 10 year average, the rate is zero if you exclude 9/11)
  • 95 People commit suicide, each day
  • 3 People are killed in firearm-related accidents, each day
  • 0.38 People under the age of 15 are killed in firearm related accidents, each day
  • 338 People die total from unintentional injuries, each day
  • 62 People die from unintentional falls, each day
  • 82 People die from unintentional poisoning, each day
  • 107 People die each day from hospital mistakes (not counting infections)
  • 219 People die each day from infections in hospitals
  • 290 People die each day from non-error adverse reactions to medications
  • 4,000 People under the age of 1 are killed before they are born, each day

Friday, May 13, 2011

NJ2AS Files Suit with the NJ State Police

I saw this report at AmmoLand.com. The New Jersey 2nd Amendment Society has filed a lawsuit to gain access to the New Jersey State Police's Firearm Application Guidebook. The seek to understand why so many municipalities process Firearm Permit applications differently.

The initial request for access to the Guidebook was denied, as was a subsequent request via Governmental Records Request under both OPRA (Open Public Records Act) and common law right of access.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Allegedly Drunk Undercover State Trooper Derails Plans of Gun Owner to Become a Cop

You'll have to read through the entire article to find it. The bottom line is Clayton Tanksley, a legal gun owner and CCW holder from PA is hit by an allegedly drunk off-duty undercover NJ State Trooper. The accident is so violent that it tosses Clayton's locked handgun from the trunk of his car into the road. He recovers it and puts it in his glovebox, and then notifies other Troopers who arrive.

When Clayton later goes to claim his property - he is arrested and charged with illegal weapons possession because he did not have a NJ gun permit.

This is why New Jersey's gun laws must be changed.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

May GIVEAWAY: 1 Year Membership or Renewal to NRA

Second Amendment Foundation Fundraiser in New Jersey

I encourage all of my readers to attend the Second Amendment Foundation fundraiser event on Sunday, June 5th, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Ringwood State Park. It looks to be a good time and I hope to be there with my son. More information is available at the AmmoLand.com website.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Piscataway man is on life support after shooting in Plainfield convenience store

I am linking to this story on NJ.com NOT because it is directly addressing any gun law in New jersey, but because a) the author of the piece editorializes in the second to last paragraph; 'a form of violence that’s on the rise in the city of about 50,000, where five people were killed in homicides this year.' and b) because the comments show that more and more New Jersey residents are getting fed up with the draconian gun laws in the Garden State.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Legalize or criminalize - a tale of one man

I found this great op-ed piece by Jeff Edelstein in the Trentonian this week. Jeff says:

The Grand Poobah has spoken. Legalize or criminalize guns. The middle ground is only good for the bad guys. (I still favor an outright ban, for the record. I’ll let you keep your muskets, though.)

It's a fun read and although I do not agree with his final assessment, I understand his thought process.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Christie nominates N.J. Assemblyman Carroll to be superior court judge

UPDATE

NUTZ!


NJ.com is reporting that Gov. Christie has nominated NJ Assemblyman Carroll for Superior Court Judge. This is a big win for Second Amendment advocates in the Garden State. In previous posts I have shared with you letters and emails that Assemblyman Carroll has authored.

"The governor feels he’s qualified...

So do I!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I'm so confused...

New Jersey, home of the most draconian gun laws in the Republic, should be the SAFEST place in these United States. How is it then that criminals in New Jersey continue to arm themselves and kill? How can they possibly conceal a handgun for use against citizens? Don't they know it is illegal impossible to get a CCW permit in this state (everyone knows that taking a gun outside your home endangers the citizenry).

Below are six stories about illegal gun use in New Jersey. I don't know how this could happen because criminals already obey all the gun restrictions on the books, right? Let's ban standard capacity magazines because that will keep criminals from purchasing and using them. Let's ban semi-automatic rifles because clearly that is the weapon of choice for these criminals. Let's continue to ban telescoping stocks and foregrips because those make normal, law abiding citizens go on rampages and kill their neighbors. Let's continue to only let 'connected' people protect themselves with CCW's.







Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Jersey Firearm Lawsuit Planned

Thanks to Firearms Anonymous for the tip.

NJ2AS is planning a lawsuit based on actions taken by local authorities in regard to Firearm ID and Permit to Purchase a Pistol applications. There is a flyer on their main page with information.

NJ Attorney General files final lower court response

You can read it HERE.


The New Jersey AG continues to argue that the Second Amendment only protects the right to keep and bear arms inside our homes and that the gun laws of New Jersey are there to protect the public from law abiding citizens who would carry.

It's mind boggling how an educated legal mind cannot grasp the basic concept that legally armed citizens LOWER crime, and that the public benefits from the good guys having guns to keep the bad guys from using theirs.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Camden is the model ... of what exactly?

Camden has laid off nearly half of it's police force due to budget constraints, according to this article in the New York Times. Police Chief Thomson and the Mayor are trying to stay upbeat, repeating to themselves that this leaner force will eventually become a model for others facing the same situation. I suppose .... as long as they don't mean 'ideal' when they speak of 'model'.

Perhaps it's time to give the people of Camden a fighting chance against criminals by allowing them exercise their RIGHT to defend themselves with firearms. Chief Thomson admits that 911 calls for burglaries and break-ins are asked to file a report over the phone. In his own words:

“If it doesn’t need a gun and a badge at that location,” officers are not sent

How long before rape, assault, and domestic abuse victims are asked to 'phone it in'?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Garry McCarthy is in the minority

Newark police director Garry McCarthy was named chairman of the Major Cities Chiefs Police Association’s subcommittee on gun control. In McCarthy's own words from this NJ.com article he states that this sub-committee of 70 police executives from the US and Canada 'can be a leading voice in the national gun debate'.

I did some research and found that the IACP (International Association of Chief's of Police) has over 20,000 members. This makes the MCCPA group of police executives a .35% representation - not exactly what I would call a 'leading voice' in anything.

"I think that we have an opportunity to bring the gun debate back to center and stop it from being so polarized," he said. "I believe you can protect John Q. Citizen’s second amendment right to carry a firearm in appropriate circumstances, and at the same time stop guns from flooding the streets of our cities where our children are being killed."

More gun legislation does NOT control crime, at least not in a positive direction. The less ability John Q. Citizen has to legally obtain and carry a firearm, the more ability criminals have to terrorize, abuse and kill Mr. Citizen.

It also doesn't help that Senator Lautenberg is affiliated with the group.

'That's not a justifyable need' says Morristown Judge

Last January 2010, Jeffrey Muller of Newton, was tasered, bound and then transported across state lines with a gun at his head. Mr. Muller was thought to be a different Jeffrey Muller and if not for the kidnappers car breaking down and THIS Mr. Muller escaping, who knows what his fate would be.

Fast forward to today. Mr. Muller applied for a concealed carry permit and was originally approved by the State Police, however it was declined by Superior Court Judge Philip Maenza. Maenza, in a written decision last August, said:

This crime, and the fact that Mr. Muller will be called upon to testify against his captors, is the reason he has filed this application for a permit to carry a handgun. Mr. Muller, however, does not show justifiable need. Allowing a victim of a crime to carry a handgun without showing a justifiable need to carry one would be contrary to case law and the legislative intent of the statute.

Yeah .... What if the captors have other acquaintances who would like to have a conversation with the only eyewitness? And now you have declared Mr. Muller an unarmed victim. Nice job judge.
 
The story is in the Daily Record.

---- UPDATE ----

The following op/ed appeared in the Daily Record.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Facts are facts ... unless you are a New Jersey lawmaker or an NJ.com reporter...

I find myself stuck between a rock and a hard head place; I can't tell if I am more upset with Senator Lautenberg's misinformation about high capacity magazines:

"The only reason to have a high-capacity magazine in a handgun is to kill a lot of people very quickly," said Lautenberg, adding that on average, gunshots cause 9,500 murders per year nationwide. "Outlawing high-capacity magazines will make our communities and our country safer."

or with the lack of research ability of the NJ.com reporting staff:

High-capacity clips were outlawed under the federal assault weapons ban from 1994 to 2004, when the law lapsed and has not been reinstated.

In either case - the latest from both offenders can be found on the NJ.com website.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

People of the Gun resurrected

Sam Jacobs of ammo.net has brought 'People of the Gun' back to life after four and a half years. You should join ... now .... right now.

A tribe of firearm owners and bloggers; just ordinary Americans, many of them your friends and neighbors. We believe in and practice the constitutional and natural right to protect our families, ourselves, and our homes.

NJCSD & MCRGO File Amicus Brief in Landmark NJ Gun Rights Case

Ammoland.com is reporting that the New Jersey Coalition for Self Defense and the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Ownership have filed a friend of the court brief in support of the Second Amendment Foundation's lawsuit against the state of New Jersey. Below is an excerpt:

“Regulating a right into oblivion out of the reach of the citizenry is tantamount to not having those rights at all,” said Robert Kreisler, President of the NJCSD.

“Imagine if you will a State in this day and age arguing that they can maintain Jim Crow laws where only certain citizens have rights, granting them selectively to those who are ‘connected’ while denying them to others. It’s repulsive to think of, especially when you pause to consider it’s a fundamental right to safety and survival in question.”

HR822 may not address New Jersey

Many thanks to Sebastian over at Snowflakes in Hell. The language for HR822 is now updated over at No Lawers - Only Guns and Money. It seems like New Jersey could get the short end of the stick ... again.

BigHayden, one of the commentors on Sebastians blog makes an interesting observation:

After carefully reading the bill, this is how it affects us in PRNJ…

Residents of the other 49 states (including WI and IL, as they can obtain non-resident permits from the usual suspects) could carry in NJ, though they would still be prohibited from carrying hollow point ammo, which may preclude any responsible citizen from carrying in NJ anyway.

Residents of NJ could carry in 47 states on a non-resident permit from the usuals (UT, FL, NH, VA, etc), but not WI, IL or NJ.

Bottom line? Everyone in the United States could carry in NJ except the residents of NJ. This bill isn’t even remotely helpful unless we win Muller v. Maenza (SAF v. NJ).

Welcome to the Garden State - I urge you all to read the links and the HR822 language and get ready to get in the fight.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Plaintiffs Fire Next Shot in Right to Carry Lawsuit

The following is an email I received from the ANJRPC regarding the ongoing New Jersey lawsuit to overturn our draconian concealed carry laws:

On February 18, ANJRPC, the Second Amendment Foundation, and 6 individual plaintiffs filed reply papers in their historic right to carry lawsuit, in response to the State of New Jersey’s absurd argument that the Second Amendment only applies inside the home, and that the public needs to be protected from those who legally carry firearms. The new reply papers are available here.

The federal lawsuit, filed in November of last year, challenges New Jersey’s unconstitutional "justifiable need” standard for issuance of handgun carry permits – a nearly impossible standard to meet that has all but eliminated the right to self defense with a firearm in the Garden State.

In its papers filed last month, the Attorney General defended New Jersey’s existing carry laws, revealed apparent anti-Second Amendment bias, and moved to dismiss (i.e., end) the case. A nearly identical "friend of the court” brief was filed the same day by The Brady Campaign, Million Mom March NJ chapter, and CeaseFire NJ.

"It is now crystal clear that the State of New Jersey has no intention of ever respecting the right to defend yourself with a firearm outside the home, and will have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into compliance with the Heller and McDonald decisions,” said ANJRPC President Scott Bach. "With this lawsuit, we intend to do just that, even if we have to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Bach.

The State’s responsive papers are due in Mid-March, after which the case will be submitted to a U.S. District Court Judge for decision, which could come as early as this Summer. Appeals are anticipated regardless of the decision.

ANJRPC will keep you apprised of major case developments as they occur. Please watch for future alerts. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Another anti-gun bill in Trenton


Assembly Bill 3807, sponsored by Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald (D-6) and Assemblyman Annette Quijano (D-20), has been introduced in the New Jersey Assembly. If passed, A3807 would reduce the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds from 15. This legislation is an example of yet another attempt to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens, while doing nothing to actually combat crime. 

As of now the language for the bill has not been released and a hearing has not been scheduled, but the NRA will continue to update you on the status of the legislation as it progresses through the New Jersey General Assembly. So, please continue to check your e-mail and www.NRAILA.org for updates.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Their numbers don't add up ...

Ever wonder why many of the anti-gunnner's propaganda have numbers that are contrary to published figures when it comes to gun deaths and gun violence? Here's a great op-ed piece from the Home News Tribune that spells it out.

The National Safety Council regularly publishes annual statistics from all causes, and breaks them down into more defined categories. Year after year, fully 60 percent of deaths from firearms incidents are "intentional self-harm by firearm" (suicides), and equals the total of "deaths due to assault" (homicides) by all causes. Mr. Malwitz's suggestion that tough New Jersey laws keep us safer might be a misinterpretation of the statistics from the CDC since he did not segregate the suicide rates from assaults.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Op ed: Non-Profit Times has it wrong

I am a subscriber to the Non Profit Times and read their magazine cover to cover when it arrives. This month I was intrigued when I saw an image of bullets overlaying an American Flag ... directly below a picture of Congresswoman Giffords. So I read the article which was written by Paul Clolery, Editor in Chief of NPT and then gave Mr. Clolery a call. He was very pleasant on the phone when I told him I would like to submit an opposing viewpoint and asked if they would publish it. He indicated they would take a look and encouraged me to send it over. Here is the text of the letter I sent:

Mr. Clolery,

I read ‘America’s Listening Tour, Intelligent people with opposing ideas can compromise’ with great interest as I was hoping to see a logical discussion in a public forum about gun laws and gun safety in these United States. Sadly what I read was an inaccurate and emotional diatribe against a foundational right that is guaranteed, not granted, by the Constitution. The framers of the Constitution understood that the right to keep and bear arms was already imputed to all human beings by their Creator (their words). The 2nd Amendment simply acknowledges this right and guarantees that said right cannot be infringed upon by any governing body. Furthermore, the language of the 2nd Amendment makes no mention of hunting, sporting, or protection within one’s home. It intentionally makes no mention of restrictions to the citizen, only to the government with the ‘infringement’.

I take issue with your use of the phrase ‘spray bullets fast than the human mind can count’ which is more hyperbole than fact and is designed to elicit and emotional response rather than a logical one. You are singling out a lone nutjob who was NOT legally in possession of a handgun, nor did he legally purchase it. At the time of purchase, Jared Lee Loughner was a prohibited person due to his chronic drug use. He lied on his form 4473. Additionally, had the Sheriff in Tuscon done his job and prosecuted Loughner the two times he had arrested him, or the Army reported their rejection of Loughner as a recruit because of drug use, or someone at Pima County College reported his repeated bizarre outbursts in class, perhaps his purchasing of THAT particular gun  could have been avoided with a NICS check.

You also state that, ‘Every American should have the right to protect themselves in their homes with a legal weapon of choice.’ I agree that every American DOES have the right to protect themselves in their home; the 2nd Amendment guarantees that right. Every American also has the right to protect themselves outside of their home with a legal weapon of their choice. There is no magical force-field that surrounds us when we walk out of our front door. Car-jackings,muggings, rapes, assaults and a slew of other crimes occur outside the home every day – why would you
limit one’s ability to defend themselves in these situations? The facts are this: you are MORE likely to survive a violent assault if you defend yourself with a gun. In episodes where a robbery victim was injured, the injury/defense rates were:

- Resisting with a gun 6%
- Did nothing at all 25%
- Resisted with a knife 40%
- Non-violent resistance 45%

I would point you to http://www.gunfacts.info which is a wonderful reference guide for journalists, activists, politicians and other people interested in honest facts about guns, crime and the 2nd Amendment.

The debate about 31 round magazines is interesting. How many rounds are acceptable and why the arbitrary ten or less? Many handgun standard magazines carry more than 10 rounds. Handguns that fire 9mm and .40 caliber rounds routinely have 15, 17 or 19 round magazines. 30+ round magazines are not conducive to concealment on a person’s body and are not generally used in concealed-carry handguns; however for home defense they can be invaluable.Unlike the depictions on TV and in Hollywood, a single pistol gunshot wound does not immediately stop an attacker. Most handgun wounds (80%) are survivable and it can take multiple shots to stop an attacker and depending on shot placement, several minutes. Add to this that home invasions generally consist of multiple attackers and you can see why an arbitrary 10 round limitation does not make sense.

Finally, I completely agree with you that the rhetoric needs to be ratcheted down. These issues will not be solved by hot headed zealots on either side, but by calm and rational discourse as we have here.

Warm regards,

Mark Steele
Monroe, New Jersey

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hammonton Police charge 7 year old for Nerf style gun

NBC Philadelphia is reporting that a 7 year old has been charged with a misdemeanor. The weapon in question fires soft ping-pong style balls. Dr. Dan Blachford, the Hammonton Board of Education superintendent, said the school has a zero intelligence tolerance policy.

School officials described the child as "a nice kid" and "a good student." - well, he was - now he's got a record.

Thanks to Sebastion @ Snowflakes in Hell for the story.

Monday, January 31, 2011

January Prize Winner!

Congratulations to Edwintrz! You are the winner of the January NRA Membership Giveaway! Keep an eye out on your email box for instructions on claiming your prize!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Assemblyman Michael Carroll weighs in

I was checking out Assemblyman Michael Carroll's blog this afternoon and was reading his latest post about the New Jersey Attorney General's response to the SAF / ANJRPC Concealed Carry lawsuit. Here is an excerpt that shows why I really like this lawmaker:

When it comes to respecting liberty, New Jersey ranks at the bottom of the fifty states. Perhaps nowhere does this contempt for basic freedom manifest itself more clearly than in the State’s draconian restrictions on Second Amendment rights. Virtually alone among the states, New Jersey refuses to permit any but a small, select, privileged few to defend themselves against armed aggression. Hardly a legislative session passes without some new, usually hair-brained proposal to further restrict freedom. And, alas, not a few of them actually pass.

Brady Center enters the New Jersey Concealed Carry Fray

Late yesterday, the Brady Center filed a brief in federal court in New Jersey urging the court to dismiss the SAF / ANJRPC lawsuit.

Read the the press release.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Jersey Attorney General responds to Right to Carry Lawsuit

Excerpt:

New Jersey’s carefully conceived and long-standing regulatory scheme is rooted in an appreciation that a permit to carry may not afford any measure of self-protection to a particular applicant and would instead increase the risk of the applicant being involved in "the known and serious dangers of misuse and accidental use.” When a handgun is carried in public, the serious risks and dangers of misuse and accidental use are borne by the public.

New Jersey has not merely a significant interest but a compelling interest in combating handgun violence and combating the dangers and risks associated with the accidental and misuse of handguns, which are inherent in carrying a handgun. It also has a compelling interest in reducing the use of handguns in crimes. A government’s foremost function is to ensure the safety of all of its citizenry. When handguns are permitted to be carried beyond one’s home, the dangers and risks necessarily increase and are borne by the public.

Generally speaking, one cannot know whether crime against an individual will occur at all, much less know when, where, or how. Neither then can one know whether a handgun would provide an effective measure of self-defense and be safe to use as to other victims or bystanders. Further, the "need” for a handgun for self-defense outside of the home does not stand alone. The carrying of a handgun inherently comes with the dangers and risks of its misuse or accidental use. These dangers and risks are borne by everyone with whom the person encounters. 

When you stop laughing, you can read the whole text at the ANJRPC website.

A couple of notes from me:

  • New Jersey's gun laws are anything but carefully conceived - they are a hodge-podge of local regulations that have no cohesion whatsoever.
  • The argument that a permit to carry may not afford any measure of self-protection is ludicrous - of COURSE it affords a measure of self-protection - certainly a level above bare fists and rocks.
  • The third paragraph is a rather long winded attempt to say that guns are much more dangerous once they leave the home. Apparently the magical force field that keeps my loaded handgun that I keep in my holster or next to my bed from discharging disappears at the threshold of my front door.
  • Finally, I would like to take some poetic license with the sentence 'The carrying of a handgun inherently comes with the dangers and risks of its misuse or accidental use' and change it to 'The carrying of a handgun exponentially increases the danger and risks to an assailant who attempts to perpetrate crime on an innocent citizen who has a CCW.'

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sens. Lautenberg, Menendez introduce federal gun-control bills

And they're off!

The story is a travesty of reporting by the way. The story starts with the promise of:

Three federal gun-control bills introduced Tuesday would help prevent such violence as the Tucson attack that left six dead and 14 injured, according to the New Jersey Democratic senators sponsoring the package.

Then we are made to think that the local NRA representative, Brian Swarz and the president of the ANJRPC, Scott L. Bach, are dodging their calls and emails.

Lautenberg has tried and failed twice before to get gun-show restricting legislation passed and now is leveraging the Tuscon tragedy to attempt to advance his agenda.

The comments on the story at NJ.com are interesting - many asking why our Senators are not focused on jobs and other immediate and threatening issues.

Op ed: Legislation won't stop criminals from buying guns

Joseph Ramieri of Denville, NJ is a bright, intelligent and articulate man. I enjoyed his concise explanation of why restrictive gun laws will not work in the Daily Record today.

Although I am left leaning, the plain truth is that legislation only affects those who abide by the law and not criminals, by definition. When purchasing a pistol in New Jersey, I am subjected to an extensive background check. If I was a criminal or had a violent past, would I subject myself to this? Obviously not. I would purchase one illegally, which can be easily done in any inner city. One need not go to Virginia.

Amen Mr Ramieri.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The state of the union

President Obama will be giving his State of the Union address tonight at 9:00 p.m. (eastern). In advance of the address, MAIG has taken out a full page ad in the Washington Post (thanks to Sebastion at Snowflakes in hell). All y'all should be watching to see what Mr. Obama has to say, if anything, about gun control.

*** UPDATE ***

Well, not a single word about gun control. Color me pleased.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

How about CCW's and training?

Al Sharpton spoke at a rally, called a 'Family Town Meeting', to discuss ways of confronting violence in Newark. Sharpton wisely spoke these words,

"The police are not going to save them, the FBI are not going to save them. We have to save them ourselves. They are our children."

I agree! I like the fact that Sharpton is talking about confronting violence. However the things they spoke about were passive; mentoring programs, role modeling, resources for grassroots organizations, etc. While these things may be good, they are the same old message with the same old results.

Let's permit these law abiding citizens to defend themselves and take their neighborhoods back from the thugs. Drug dealers, gang-bangers and petty thugs are not prepared to confront a trained and armed citizen, much less a community of them. They will move along when the easy prey are no longer available.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Project 'GunWalker' entering a new phase

This is not ONLY a New Jersey issue - but I feel strongly enough about this to post on NJFI:

I have been following David Codrea of the Examiner.com, and in particular his story about how the United States government via BATFE have been moving guns into Mexico ... without the Mexican government's knowledge. David has named his artciles 'Project GunWalker'.

In brief, ATF agents are wiling to come forward and provide testimony and documentation about guns being illegally sent to Mexico with management cognizance. They will have the opportunity to fully validate the reliability of this information for themselves. Contact your representatives and tell them they can contact David for details dcodreaAThotmailDOTcom. Tell them that they were contacted for help will be a matter of public record.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Travellers beware!

Flashback 2005, Utah resident Gregg Revell is stranded at Newark Airport thru no fault of his own. The following day as he prepared to complete his travels, he declares his legally owned firearm as per Federal law and is promptly arrested.

Fast forward to 2011- the United States Supreme Court declines to hear the appeal filed by Mr. Revell. This undermines the Federal Traveler Protection Law in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware - however the ANJRPC portion of the case is unaffected.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lakewood, NJ Police officer is killed

Lakewood police officer Chris Matlosz was shot and killed yesterday afternoon during a routine patrol stop. Our prayers are with the Lakewood Police department, Officer Matlosz' family and loved ones.

The shooter, identified as Jashmell Crockham, is still at large. 


UPDATE (01.16.2011)

Officer Matlosz' alleged killer is caught.

Friday, January 14, 2011

C'mon Christie - you know it's the right thing ...

I have to admit, each time I read something Gov. Chris Christie says I become more of a fan. This time, the folks at NJ.com asked the Governor his opinion on concealed carry for New Jersey. Now, you might think I would want him to stand up and shout, 'of course I would sign legislation for concealed carry!' - but wait. Here is what he said:

"I'm like a human starting gun as governor," Christie continued. "The minute I say anything about anything, we're off the races. I'm not going off to the races on an issue that has no chance of going anywhere.

Personally I think Gov. Christie would sign the legislation if it made it to his desk but I also think it would be a distraction and possibly a hindrance if he came out for the legislation. The fight is in the legislature. There are already two bills stuck in committee - A1384 / S69 and S2264, and it's up to us to get them out of committee and on the floor.

So - read the bills, call YOUR legislators, call the sponsors of the bills, call the committee Chairperson. If you want concealed carry in NJ, you're going to have to fight for it.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

NJ Assemblyman asks Chairman Johnson to get constitutional ...

I thought I would share this email with you all. Assemblyman Michael Carroll (LD 25 NJ) sent the following letter to Chairman Johnson regarding concealed carry legislation that is in committee:

Hon. Gordon M. Johnson 
545 Cedar Lane
Teaneck, New Jersey
07666
 
Re:  A-1384, inter alia
 
Dear Chairman Johnson:
 
Previously, I wrote to The Chairman about the desirability of a comprehensive review of New Jersey firearms statutes.  I further understand that many folks in the pro-freedom community have reached out to The Chairman, urging the same course of action. I write again in the hopes that we, as a Legislature, can get right with the Constitution before the Federal Courts compel us to do so.  
 
As The Chairman knows, in the Heller case, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that individuals possess a constitutional right to possess and carry firearms, for (among other reasons) defense of themselves, of others, and of the State.  In McDonald, the Court made it clear – to the extent any dispute existed – that this constitutional provision applies to state governments as well. 
 
For many years, New Jersey stood, a lonely outlier, denying its citizens the basic freedoms enjoyed virtually everywhere else in the nation.  Back then, the State at least enjoyed the presumption that its actions were not of constitutional magnitude. It enjoys that polite fiction no more. Now, New Jersey stands revealed – to the extent any dispute ever existed – as being among the very few states denying its people one of their fundamental constitutional rights.
 
Obviously, we, as legislators, sworn to uphold the Constitution, should be personally offended when our laws so egregiously violate one of its fundamental provisions.  When – perhaps through misplaced passion – we act in a manner which denies our fellow citizens their basic constitutional rights, we should correct that mistake with all deliberate speed. 
 
In many cases decided since Heller, state-imposed restrictions upon basic freedoms have been tested, but nowhere are the restrictions more draconian than here in New Jersey (save, perhaps, Maryland).  That looks as if it’s about to change.  A lawsuit has been filed against New Jersey challenging its virtually absolute prohibition on the Second Amendment right to “bear arms” for personal self defense.  Although it is always a capital mistake to predict the course of litigation, if the Federal District Court faithfully applies Heller and McDonald, New Jersey’s outright ban on carrying firearms for self defense will meet an expeditious, and well-deserved, end.
 
Since this law was always poor policy – that the people of New Jersey are somehow untrustworthy, and certainly less trustworthy than the residents of 45-some-odd other states, was always, at best, a profoundly nonsensical proposition – its imminent demise represents grounds for rejoicing. But it will also necessitate legislative action, sooner rather than later.
 
Faced with the seemingly inevitable invalidation of our clearly unconstitutional law, the Legislature faces a choice: obey the Constitution voluntarily or have a federal court compel us to do so.  In the latter case, this will not be an inexpensive proposition; when a court determines that a state law violates basic constitutional rights, it possesses the authority – almost the obligation – to award counsel fees to the prevailing party.  At a time when every last penny of taxpayer resources is precious (to the extent that there is ever a time at which they are not), paying many hundreds of thousands of dollars (to err on the side of a very conservative number) in legal fees to defend the indefensible strikes me as a profoundly  misguided.
 
Put simply, time is not on the side of those who oppose recognition of our citizens’ constitutional rights.  Every minute we delay, keeping unconstitutional statutes upon our books, the  meter keeps ticking, running up legal fees the taxpayers will be compelled to bear.  While the Administration may labor under an obligation to defend the Legislature’s handiwork – however foolish – we do not labor under an obligation to persist in our error.  While, likely, not a few of our colleagues will object to complying with the Constitution, we will either do it ourselves or be forced to ignominiously admit that, even though we knew what the Constitution required, we refused to comply.  That those sworn to uphold the Constitution would revel in opposing its mandates, and passionately defend denying its basic protections to New Jersey citizens, is truly disturbing
 
I respectfully request, then, that The Chairman promptly schedule the above for a hearing, such that New Jersey can begin the process of complying with basic constitutional commands.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Michael Patrick Carroll

A meaningless gesture ....

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) said he would "introduce the measure to re-establish a prohibition that lapsed in 2004 on clips that feed more than 10 rounds at a time", a NJ.com article reported.

Well, if we check our history, we will find that the AWB did not ban high capacity magazines, it banned the production sale of high capacity magazine to the general public. This legislation is a smoke screen - it is a meaningless gesture. It will not remove a single magazine from the marketplace, so called high capacity or not.

One other issue that many will think is nit picking. The constant reference to the term 'clip' indicates that the Senator (and many anti-gun, anti-freedom folks) have not done their homework and do not understand what they are talking about. The part of the handgun that holds bullets in an auto-reloading gun is called a magazine. Clips, or more correctly, stripper clips, are used to hold bullets for certain rifles - for example a Mosin-Nagant.

Ignorant, emotional politicians are NOT the ones who should be making these decisions.

NJ Congressman Chris Smith refuses to pack heat

New Jersey Republican Chris Smith has stated in an interview that despite the Tuscon tragedy, he refuses to 'Pack Heat'. It's interesting to note that Congressman Smith believes he actually has the ability to get a concealed carry permit in New Jersey which is almost exclusively reserved for ex-police.

Perhaps he knows someone and could show that he meets the requirements of needing to carry a gun on his person. I know of several people who have shown a need and been denied.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Shooting - Jersey Winter Style

Michael on the Stag
Saturday morning, I knocked on Micheal's door at around 8:00 a.m. and quietly mumbled, 'the range is open but it's snowing. Do you still want to go shooting?' I had hoped he would moan something unintelligible and roll over back into warm oblivion. Nope ... Michael jumped out of bed and said, 'let's go'.

Mark on the Saiga
 Two hours later, because we have to drive long distances to shoot in New Jersey, we arrived at Fort Dix. The last mile onto the range was an adventure in our Prius. Thankfully she has a very low center of gravity because the roads had not been treated or plowed.



100 yards thru spotter
We were the ONLY ones there - it was awesome to have the whole range to ourselves. We called our own 'cease fires' and 'resume firings' and had a great time. I highly recommend snow range time if you can arrange it.

The muted silence of the range was broken only by our gun fire and it seemed to echo forever - it was wonderful.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Can't see the forest for the trees....

I posted early earlier about the 15%, no wait, it's 14% now, increase in homicides in New Jersey and it's still news. New Jersey lawmakers Sen. John Girgenti (D-Passaic) and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) had a joint press release and said that police layoffs and a stagnant economy could lead to a continued increase in crime. There is a lot of talk about what has caused the increase but not much discussion on a solution.

Assemblyman Johnson is looking for a 'coordinated crackdown'. Where is he going to get the manpower from? He already stated one of the problems is the police layoffs. Not once in the article is there a mention of allowing citizens to protect themselves and their loved ones by allowing them to concealed carry (unless you are counting the comments).

Let's get S69 and A1384 out of committee and on the floor.

January Giveaway!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Congress is back in session ...

I send a lot of emails to my representatives at the local, state and federal level on a monthly basis. Normally it takes anywhere from one to four weeks to receive an automated response. Yesterday I received three replies to emails I had sent two months ago. I guess the new aides are getting up to speed.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The newest addition to our family

As we continue to exercise our Second Amendment rights here in New Jersey, we picked this up at the Valley Forge Gun Show over the holiday. She's a beautiful Stag Arms post-ban Model 1 AR-15. I'm getting 15 round magazines soon so the other AR's won't make fun of her.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Sign the petition!

Change.org is hosting the petition asking the Governor of NJ, the state Senate and the state House to support S69. Please go HERE to review and sign the petition.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Jersey homicide rate jumps in 2010

NJ.com is reporting that the homicide rate for New Jersey jumped by 15% 14% last year (2010). The article states that gang slayings account for most of the increase. It is worth noting that the increase occurred in a year in which MORE restrictive gun laws were enacted (e.g. one gun a month).

So while more and more criminals are killing each other and innocents who are in the wrong place at the wrong time, law abiding residents of New Jersey are expected to hunker down, call the police if they can, and hope that understaffed police departments can arrive in time to save them.

I have a better idea - let's support the Second Amendment Foundation and the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs law suit to overturn the unconstitutional handgun carry laws in New Jersey.

-- UPDATE --

The news article at NJ.com has changed the percentage to 14% - not sure why.