New Jersey has been in the spotlight a lot. Let’s face it, the Garden State is no friend to the Second Amendment. Just the other day Cam wrote about Governor Phil Murphy’s proposals to thwart the NYSRPA opinion. The other week I alerted readers about some bills that were in committee. Well, New Jersey is at it again with what seems to be a massive package of anti-civil liberty bills, all due to be voted on Wednesday June 29th, tomorrow. From the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, we have the following notice:
WEDNESDAY: ENTIRE LEGISLATURE TO VOTE ON GOV. MURPHY’S GUN BAN BILL PACKAGE
Please Tell Every Lawmaker to Oppose This Attack on the Second Amendment
On Wednesday, June 29, 2022. both the full Senate and the full Assembly are scheduled to take a final vote on Gov. Murphy’s misguided gun ban package, which targets only the rights of honest gun owners instead of targeting actual gun criminals. Whatever passes both houses will go to the governor’s desk for signature.
PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CLICK HERE TO CONTACT EVERY LEGISLATOR AND TELL THEM THE FOLLOWING:
PLEASE OPPOSE GOV. MURPHY’S MISGUIDED GUN BAN PACKAGE, WHICH DOES NOTHING TO MAKE ANYONE SAFER, PUNISH GUN CRIMINALS, OR ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES RELATED TO GUN OWNERSHIP. INSTEAD OF ATTACKING GUN RIGHTS OF THE LAW-ABIDING, PLEASE SOLVE ACTUAL PROBLEMS RELATED TO CRIME AND MENTAL HEALTH.
I took a look at a rundown of what the lawmakers are poised to be voting on, and it’s quite a package. Instead of relaying every line item here, they were included in my correspondence to the lawmakers, which I invite you to read below. I took a bit of a different approach in addressing the lawmakers this time. I added a little splash of NYSRPA for them to ponder:
Attention NJ Lawmaker:
I’m writing concerning the upcoming vote tomorrow on Governor Phil Murphy’s anti-civil rights package of bills. The bills that Murphy is championing will do nothing to stop or mitigate criminal activity, or violence committed with a firearm. Rather than going after the criminals, these measures will only affect the law abiding citizen.
Some of the proposed bills are as follows:
BANNING .50 BMG FIREARMS (A-4366)
BANNING GUNS WITHOUT USELESS “MICROSTAMPING” TECHNOLOGY THAT DOESN’T EVEN EXIST (A-4368)
BANNING GUN OWNERSHIP UNLESS YOU’VE HAD TRAINING (A-4370)
BANNING POSSESSION OF DEFENSIVE BALLISTIC SHIELDS FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION (A-4369)
10 YEARS IN JAIL FOR ITEMS LEGALLY ACQUIRED (A-4367)
KILLING 2A RIGHTS INSIDE THE HOME (A-2215)
BANNING GUN OWNERSHIP UNTIL AGE 21 (A-509 / S-504)
AMMUNITION AND LONG GUN REGISTRATION (A-1302)
FIREARMS INDUSTRY-KILLER BILL (A-1765 / S-1893)
FIREARMS REGISTRATION DOUBLE-STANDARD (NEW VS. EXISTING RESIDENTS) (A-1179 / S-1204)
I’m not going to give you a line by line breakdown of each of these proposals. Instead, I’m going to remind you that the Supreme Court of The United States just released a very important decision last week on NYSRPA v. Bruen. If you have not familiarized yourself with the opinion, you should. In short, laws that would be considered constitutional or not have to meet the following test: Would this be considered an infringement on someone’s right to keep and bear arms at the time of the founding? That’s a simplified version of some of what you’re going to have to know about this case. Now is not the time to be voting on a package of bills that will create more litigation, but rather a time to learn about your limitations on what bills can or cannot be consisted constitutional.
The opinion can be found here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/20-843_7j80.pdf
As a lawmaker, voting for any of these bills would be in direct violation of NYSRPA v. Bruen, the Second Amendment, and the Heller decision. You’ll be knowingly going against Supreme Court orders. Should any of these bills become law, they will be challenged, and the probability of them being overturned is quite high. Regardless of what you feel, or think, or know, about guns, firearms, gun stuff, etc. does not matter anymore. What matters is if you’re going to knowingly vote against established precedent less than a week after orders were delivered? Are you going to waste tax payer’s money by having the state tied up in litigation over any of these bills?
Lawmakers in New Jersey have long ignored both the Constitution, the Heller decision, and the voices of the citizens of New Jersey…Now is the time to pay attention to what the entire country has been told about how YOU/WE/Et.al. are supposed to treat the Second Amendment.
Instead, may I recommend passing bills that overturn the magazine ban, restrictions on semi-automatic rifles, hollow-point bullet restrictions, and pretty much every so-called gun control measure on the books in New Jersey. Why? Because they’re going to be challenged and that means money out of everyone’s pockets…regardless of what you may or may not “feel” about the measure.
In closing, please vote against all of these measures. Don’t be Governor Phil Murphy’s puppet and do his bidding so he has a case to make when running for the White House. You have been duly notified that these provisions would be considered unconstitutional under judicial review, and come reelection time, your voting record will be pulled and people will be told if you’ve wasted tax payer’s dollars as well as voted against the law of the land.
Some guidance for you to lean on:
“The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not “a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees.” McDonald, 561 U. S., at 780 (plurality opinion).
And “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The Second Amendment
Now is the time to write to New Jersey’s lawmakers and tell them to oppose every anti-freedom, so-called “gun control” bill that’s been introduced. Not a resident of New Jersey? No problem. I’m sure the lawmakers would love to hear from you too! We’re all in this together and what happens in New Jersey, does not stay in New Jersey!
In the wake of NYSRPA, non-residents are also going to be able to apply for their concealed carry permit in the Garden State without having to provide a “justifiable need”, the provision of law that made the jurisdiction “may-issue”. Just last week, Murphy’s lap dog Attorney General did issue guidance saying that “justifiable need” is no longer a requirement to meet when applying for a permit. With that, I welcome everyone in the United States to apply for a NJ Carry Permit. The current guidance from New Jersey State Police on applying for a CCW can be found HERE.
The assaults on the Second Amendment are going to continue and it’s up to us to make our voices heard. At any and every opportunity we have, we should be letting the law makers know that they’re running afoul when they pass more laws that limit our Second Amendment right.
The legislators of the State of New Jersey can be reached HERE. Please be polite, and gently let them know how you feel. You can also contact Governor Phil Murphy’s office HERE and the Governor loves tweets directed to him at @GovMurphy and @PhilMurphy