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.