Friday, July 20, 2012

And Another One!

Extra points - not only did he possess illegal firearms and magazines, he threatened to leave "two dead Paramus cops" - throw the book at him! Use the existing laws and lock him up forever.

Police: Bergen builder who threatened to kill surrounded by loaded guns, ammo, in bed

Finally Enforcing the Laws that are Already on the Books!

It's good to see they are throwing the book at this guy - four of the charges are firearms related - see - we have enough laws on the books - we just need to use them!

Man, 44, guilty of Uzi gun possession | MyCentralJersey.com | MyCentralJersey.com

Monday, July 16, 2012

Gun Sales Up in Middle Township

Yay! It's a pretty good story actually - I like the background details on who and why - in particular I like the police officer's explanation of the process.
 
Gun sales up in township | Middle Township Gazette General News

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Jersey City Holds Third Gun Buyback Program in Three Churches

So, I paid several hundred dollars and spent 15 month navigating the nightmare of paperwork and processes to get my FFL - I should have simply built a church - then I get to illegally purchase whatever firearms I want with the blessing of NJ Law Enforcement and the Legislature!

And someone turned in a gun from the 1920's - no further description given - I wonder if that one will be destroyed?

Jersey City holds third gun buyback program in three churches | NJ.com:

'via Blog this'

Monday, May 7, 2012

Are You a Prohibited Person in NJ and Don't Know it?

Have you had a firearm seized and have and not had it returned to you? If so, then you could be in violation of the NJ State law if you purchase another firearm. You should READ Even Nappen's posting HERE.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

Firearm Surrender - Dude, I'll Pay You Cash!

Sacred Heart Church will be the site of a gun grab voluntary gun surrender. The prosecutors office will pay between $80 and $150 for each working handgun or assault rifle.

Folks, tell me what you are intending to turn in and I'll quote you a fair market price for them.

Nauseating story found HERE.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Guest Blogger John Willett: "We Are Not Vigilantes"

It's been a while since I had the overwhelming urge to write something for the public sphere.  However, I can not stand the ridiculous arguments being made in the media.  It is related to the Zimmerman-Martin case in one respect.  This case is being used to push an agenda of demonizing gun owners, and anyone who would attempt to defend themselves.  

Now, there have been blogs that have taken the opportunity to defend the Florida "Stand your Ground" law.  What some blogs have stated is that the law doesn't really affect this case as, if the Zimmerman based timeline is accurate, he would have been justified in shooting an attacker regardless of the "stand your ground" provision.  Also, if Martin was not the aggressor and was murdered, Zimmerman has no claim to self-defense (also making Stand your Ground irrelevant).   I agree with this view, but have noticed a related line of thought being espoused that is even more dangerous.  That Gun Owners, especially those who carry, are dangerous individuals or even vigilantes. 

Now, just as with the stand your ground law addressed by various blogs, I don't have to know what happened in those pivotal moments to address the characterizations of gun owners as vigilantes.  First, a vigilante is someone who is "taking the law into their own hands".  What this refers to is when someone commits violent acts in a supposed effort to administer justice.  Vigilantism is something we frown upon in our society.  Vigilantism stands opposed to our commonly held view that we are a society based on laws, and that those laws should be enforced by those to which we have given that power.  We have structured our society this way so that those given the power and the responsibility of upholding our laws can be held accountable for abuse.  I agree that vigilantism should be discouraged.  However, we must not label legitimate acts of self defense, or being prepared to defend oneself, as vigilantism.  

These actions are not vigilantism because they are not acts of aggression for the purpose of retribution or punishment.  Possession of a firearm by a person who is not prohibited from carry is the perfectly legitimate exercise of a constitutionally protected right.  Also, shooting someone in self defense is not "taking the law into your own hands".  If the purpose of the shooting is to protect one from death or serious harm, it is a defensive action and is legitimate.  The idea that someone who merely allows an aggressor to continue their assault is somehow morally superior to the person who shoots the aggressor is misguided and tragic.  The attacker is not being punished for the attack, they are being stopped from perpetrating it.  There is a clear distinction between issuing punishment and an act of defense.  We should recognize it.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Evasham Township - Need More Gun Ordinances?

A couple in Evasham Township are concerned over private property owners shooting on their own land. The private land owner in question did not break any laws and was firing on a makeshift range he constructed. I see no reason to place more restrictions there - do you?

Monday, April 2, 2012

High(er) Tech Blogging

Wow! I can now blog from the road on my Samsung Galaxy Tab. We'll see if this is a good thing.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cops: Trust Us, and We Can Stop Violence

Read HERE.
“People are worried about the shootings, but won’t stand up to help,” Warshaw said.
“What we really need is a city that honors people who stand up and tell the truth,” he said.

No offense to our police officers, but NO YOU CAN'T (stop the violence). You cannot stop the violence, you can only clean up after the fact. You are not even legally beholden to. What you NEED to do is embrace the concept of self-defense. Empower your residents to arm and defend themselves. Train them in the proper use and tactics of firearms.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

He's Got an Assault Rifle ...

No wait, it's a rifle, no wait, it's an AK-47, no wait - we can't find him.

I'm all for a strong police response when a report of a 'man with a gun' comes in. I'm in support of protecting our children, our spouses, our neighbors, ourselves.

But you can see from THIS STORY that hysteria immediately ensues because in New Jersey, guns kill people. And people who own guns either have, or will kill someone.

You know, if citizens, including teachers in classrooms, were trained and armed, there would never be another mass murder on a school campus - ever.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Why I Chose a Gun ...

At an unlikely venue, Peter van Uhm explains why guns make our world peaceful. This is a TED Talks video and is a great story.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

One of Two Outcomes

An insightful and disturbing essay on where we may be heading (not just in New Jersey, but certainly in New Jersey) if our current system of ignoring personal accountability continues. Eric Peters writes about "One of Two Outcomes"
It may be that the biggest single problem confronting the liberty-minded is the existence of a large (and growing) American proletariat. There have always been poor people, of course. But the proletariat is distinct from people who are merely lower down on the economic totem pole – or down on their luck.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Interesting Experiment Regarding Fast and Furious

It's difficult to explain - so please read the entire blog posting here and then comment. I've also added a link to Matt's blog in the 'What we read in NJ' section.

Friday, January 27, 2012

New Jersey Ammo Ban Vote this Monday!

On Monday, January 30 at 2:00 p.m. the New Jersey Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee is scheduled to consider A588, legislation that would enable the Attorney General to ban all handgun and most rifle ammunition if he unilaterally determines that it "poses a threat to the safety and well being of law enforcement officers.”

Cleverly disguised as police safety legislation aimed at armor piercing ammunition (which is already prohibited under federal and state law), the measure actually opens the door to a sweeping ammunition ban by an unelected public official by executive fiat. Common hunting, target, and self-defense ammunition would be subject to ban, along with BB's, airgun pellets, and non-metallic ammunition like plastic airsoft pellets, if the Attorney General decides that they pose a threat to the safety and well being of law enforcement.

Although the bill only mentions handgun ammunition, it is in fact not limited to handgun ammunition, and would apply to all rifle ammunition for which a handgun is ever made. As an increasing number of gun manufacturers make handgun models that shoot rifle caliber ammunition, the line between "handgun” vs. "rifle” ammunition has become blurred, and the New Jersey State Police have already begun treating rifle ammunition in this category as if it were handgun ammunition for regulatory purposes. So long as a handgun exists that shoots a particular caliber of rifle ammunition,
New Jersey treats that ammunition as if it were handgun ammunition.

The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee is also scheduled to consider A1013 on Monday. One provision of this police safety legislation significantly increases the penalties relating to "defaced” firearms. Because of New Jersey's longstanding poorly crafted definition of "defaced” firearms, it is possible that refinishing a firearm, or long-term damage from rust or scratches from ordinary wear and tear, could be deemed "defacement” subjecting honest gun owners to lengthy prison sentences, even though identifying information on the firearm is still legible.

PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE!

TELL THEM TO VOTE "NO” ON A588 - BACKDOOR AMMUNITION BAN!

TELL THEM TO VOTE "NO” OR AMEND A1013 TO PROTECT HONEST GUN OWNERS FROM SEVERE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES!

MEMBERS OF THE NEW
JERSEYASSEMBLY LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE:

Charles Mainor (Chair) (D31)
AsmMainor@njleg.org
Phone: 201-536-7851
Fax: 201-536-7854

Gilbert L. Wilson (Vice Chair) (D5)AsmWilson@njleg.org
Phone: 856-547-4800
Fax: 856-547-5496

Nelson T. Albano (D1)AsmAlbano@njleg.org
Phone: 609-465-0700
Fax: 609-465-4578

Daniel R. Benson (D14)AsmBenson@njleg.org
hone: 609-631-0198
Fax: 609-631-0324

Sean Connors (D33)AsmConnors@njleg.org

Joseph Cryan (D20)AsmCryan@njleg.org
Phone: 908-624-0880
Fax: 908-624-0587

Sean T. Kean (R30)AsmKean@njleg.org
Phone: 732-974-0400
Fax: 732-974-2564

Gregory P. McGuckin (R10)AsmMcGuckin@njleg.org
Phone: 732-974-0400
Fax: 732-840-9757

Erik Peterson (R23)AsmPeterson@njleg.org
Phone: 908-238-0251
Fax: 908-238-0256

David P. Rible (R30)AsmRible@njleg.org
Phone: 732-974-1719
Fax: 732-974-3615

Bonnie Watson Coleman (D15)AswWatsonColeman@njleg.org
Phone: 609-292-0500
Fax: 609-633-2179

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

The New Jersey Second Amendment Society Files Appeal to Force State Police to Disclose Public Documents

For Immediate Release:

Manahawkin, NJ - On Wednesday January 4, 2012, Rick Gutman the attorney for the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS) filed an appeal with the NJ Appellate division in its lawsuit against the NJ Division of State Police. This case revolves around the state’s refusal to allow lawful New Jersey residents reasonable access to documents which directly impact the processing of their applications for Firearms Identification Cards and Handgun Purchase Permits. After receiving numerous complaints from applicants who were subjected to extended delays, intrusive forms and other requirements that clearly go beyond what is allowed by law, the NJ2AS took decisive action.

A formal Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request for access to the NJ Division of State Police Firearms Applicant Investigation Guide was filed on March 14, 2011. A week later this request was summarily denied. Attorney Gutman then filed a lawsuit requesting that an “order to show cause” be served on the NJ Division of State Police to explain why they refused to allow access to what should be considered a public document. The order to show cause was served on May 6, 2011.

After multiple delays by the state’s attorney general’s office the case was heard by Judge Douglas Hurd in the Superior Court of New Jersey in Trenton on December 2, 2010. Unfortunately, Judge Hurd ruled against the NJ2AS. The judge’s decision was based in part on the exemption which the Division claimed under Governor Christie’s Executive Order #47. Part of this order exempts certain governmental agencies from having to reveal Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) no matter how innocuous. The NJ2AS’s request for access was also denied under the Common Law Right of Access (CLRA) which balances the plaintiff’s right to access against the state’s perceived need to protect the public interest.

The NJ2AS contends that there can be no threat to the public interest in exposing the contents of a guide designed to assist municipal authorities through the convoluted process of granting a NJ resident a Firearms Identification Card or a Permit to Purchase a Handgun. Every applicant must submit to a thorough criminal background check as well as a mental health check. They must be fingerprinted and have their fingerprints checked through an FBI database. The Society believes that nothing in the guide could possibly disclose any way to circumvent this rigorous process.

The NJ2AS also contends that the entire process is redundant since a handgun purchaser must submit to an FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) at the point of purchase. The antiquated NJ Division of State Police processing was designed at a time before this more efficient national process was developed. New Jersey’s system has since become a slow, costly and redundant relic in light of this newer computerized system.

Frank Jack Fiamingo, the founder and President of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society states

“If the state insists on continuing the use of this inefficient system of processing applications, New Jersey residents must have access to the guide in order to ensure that they are not being subjected to tougher standards then residents in any other part of the state. We have received numerous complaints from our members as well as members of the community at large that they are being treated unfairly. For instance, we have identified more than 25 NJ municipalities that have introduced additional forms which are specifically disallowed under the NJ firearms statutes”.

In addition, Fiamingo indicates that he has received countless complaints of delays in processing that range from several months to over a year. According to the statutes, these applications should be processed in no more than thirty (30) days.

The New Jersey Second Amendment Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms (RKBA) for legitimate purposes.

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Media Contact: Mark Steele, Director of Internal Communications, communications@nj2as.com

Friday, January 13, 2012

Legislation to Repeal Gun Rationing Introduced

From the NRA-ILA:

Last Tuesday, the first day of the 215th session of the New Jersey Legislature, Assembly Bill 857 was introduced.
 
Introduced by Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose (R-24), A 857 would repeal New Jersey's law which allows residents to purchase only one handgun per month.  Current law states, "A dealer shall not knowingly deliver more than one handgun to any person within any 30-day period."
 
Supporters of gun rationing claim that this law is needed to prevent criminals from buying large quantities of handguns for illegal resale.  The following are three reasons why gun rationing should be repealed:
 
  1. Criminals do not buy firearms from licensed firearm dealers (FFL's), who are required to clear a purchaser through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
  2. Firearm dealers are required to report to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) and state or local law enforcement officials any person who buys more than one handgun in a five-day period. 
  3. Under the federal law, interstate handgun sales have been prohibited since 1968.
 
New Jersey's gun rationing law only affects law-abiding gun owners and does nothing to prevent criminals from breaking a law they violate anyway.