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

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