New Jersey- Ground Zero in Gun Debate After Gov Signs 6 New Gun Laws
New Jersey already had restrictive gun laws. But Democrat Governor Phil Murphy signed six new even more restrictive gun bills into law on Wednesday in Trenton.
Common sense gun safety laws keep our communities safe. Today I signed landmark legislation that:
– Establishes background checks on private gun sales
– Reduces magazine capacity
– Bans armor-piercing bullets
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 13, 2018
They’re calling the bills “landmark” legislation. But the bill would make items owned by gun owners illegal immediately…making ordinary people into criminals.
6abc reported that the measures include:
“-Require the seizure of firearms when a mental health professional determines someone poses a threat.
-Allow for an extreme risk protective order if a court deems someone poses a significant danger to themselves or others. The temporary court order bars the subject from possessing or purchasing a firearm or ammunition.
-Require background checks for private gun sales
-Lower the magazine capacity from 15 rounds to 10, with an exception for a popular .22-caliber rifle.
-Require residents to show a “justifiable need” to get a carry permit.
-Prohibit body-armor-penetrating ammunition.”
New Jersey already had a law requiring the person to prove they needed a concealed carry permit, a law which has been challenged in court before. The District of Columbia had a “justifiable need” law for issuing concealed carry permits, but it was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Court of Appeals in October of 2017. DC chose not to take the matter to the Supreme Court. Their applications went from a meager 123 to over 800 as soon as the law was declared unconstitutional. That doesn’t mean they’ve actually issued them, that’s just what occurred after the court ruling.
The NRA and the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) have filed lawsuits against the bans, according to one of our followers on Facebook.
“This unconstitutional law will be ignored by criminals and madmen and affects only law-abiding citizens. It turns one million people into criminals with the stroke of a pen, limits self-defense and takes away property lawfully acquired.” Scott Bach, Executive Director of the ANJRPC
The name and shame approach to gun control
North Jersey.com reported,
“Such antagonism from gun rights groups is expected to grow in coming months as the Murphy administration ratchets up its gun control efforts. The governor has said he will sign any gun-related bill vetoed by his predecessor, Republican Chris Christie, and has called for increased fees on gun licenses and more funding for research into gun violence.”
Together with Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Murphy has pieced together a regional gun coalition that includes six states and Puerto Rico, and the state has begun releasing monthly reports designed to “name and shame” states with laxer regulation by detailing where “crime guns” recovered in New Jersey were first purchased.
Of course there are the Governor’s supporters, such as Moms Demand Action, the anti-gun group.
Thank you for your leadership in this issue. I am a NJ school nurse and I appreciate the sense of urgency you have shown through the action steps taken to begin to address the public health crisis of gun violence. I am also the aunt and daughter of survivors of 2 mass shootings.
— Robin Cogan (@RobinCogan) June 13, 2018
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