New Jersey: More than 20 Extreme Anti-Gun Bills to be Heard in Committee this Wednesday
Posted on February 11, 2013
Since the beginning of the New Year, NRA-ILA alerts have detailed the massive anti-gun package being crafted at the State House. The time has NOW arrived for gun owners to come together and stand up in Trenton for our Second Amendment rights. The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee is meeting at 10:00 a.m. this Wednesday, February 13 to consider and vote on more than twenty anti-gun bills.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, in stunningly brazen fashion, took a hatchet to gun rights in New York with lightning speed. By cutting secret deals behind closed doors, eliminating public input and circumventing normal legislative processes, the Governor and state Senate passed sweeping anti-gun measures just before the stroke of midnight yesterday. Within 24 hours, Cuomo had his new gun control laws. Cuomo utilized a rarely-used executive trick, a "message of necessity" to bypass normal legislative procedures that are strictly followed on hundreds of bills each legislative session. Late last night as the clock approached midnight, the public was introduced to S. 2230,a hastily drafted bill that includes bans on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and magazines, registration, and restrictions on ammunition purchases. This bill was released to legislators a scant twenty minutes prior to the Senate vote and quickly passed without proper vetting, committee consideration and debate, as previously reported on here.
For three days next week, Governor Chris Christie’s newly-created task force will hold public hearings in Camden, Lincroft and Newark to discuss crime and violence issues in New Jersey. Governor Christie’s office issued a media advisory this week with details about the hearings, including dates and locations. NRA members are encouraged to attend and respectfully voice their opinions. It is important that this discussion focus on real problems like mental health and the societal issues that lead to violence.