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New Jersey Legislative Update 9/28/02

Saturday, September 28, 2002

On Monday, September 30 your State Senator will vote on S. 890. This bill, sponsored by Senator Dick Codey (D-27), is a complete handgun ban masquerading as a "childproof" handgun bill. As currently written, S. 890 would set in motion an ultimate ban of all new models of handguns in New Jersey if a so-called "smart gun" is introduced to the market. And, if one of these guns were pulled off the market for any reason, the ban would still remain.

Simply put, S.890 would be a ban on ALL current models of handguns in New Jersey. As you may recall, the Senate has debated this issue before and is aware that so-called "smart" gun or "personalized" handgun technology does not exist. Amazingly, police are exempt from this mandate. If "smart" gun technology is so smart, why would the one occupation -- law enforcement -- that carries guns regularly be exempt from using it?

The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs is holding an informational press conference, "The Myth Of The So-Called ‘Smart’ Gun," on Monday, September 30, at 12:00 noon, in Committee Room #3, at the State House Annex in Trenton. NRA members are encouraged to attend.


Please contact your State Senator and urge him to oppose S. 890. Tell the Senate that mandating "smart guns" is a dumb idea.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.