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New Jersey Senate to Vote on Three Anti-Gun Bills Tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Please Contact Your State Senator Today!

Tomorrow, Thursday, January 3, the New Jersey State Senate is scheduled to vote on three bills that will have serious consequences for the Garden State’s law-abiding gun owners.  It is critical that you contact your State Senators and respectfully urge them to vote against ALL THREE of these anti-Second Amendment bills.

S2470
, sponsored by State Senator Shirley Turner (D-15) would criminalize the transfer of handgun ammunition to anyone who does not have a valid New Jersey firearms ID card, handgun carry or purchase permit.  While intended to prevent criminals from obtaining ammunition, the legislation would only impact honest gun owners, since criminals are unlikely to obtain their ammunition through legal channels.  This bill should be defeated or amended so as not to affect law-abiding citizens.

Also introduced by Senator Turner,
S2934 would make honest gun owners responsible for the acts of criminals if they fail to “immediately” report the theft or loss of a firearm that is later used in a crime.  The bill has been amended to require the owner to report the loss or theft within 36 hours of discovery or be held liable to a civil penalty. This legislation would fine honest gun owners for being the victims of criminals. 

S2431, sponsored by State Senators John Girgenti (D-35) and Paul Sarlo (D-36), is an overly broad attempt to address gang violence that could have unintended consequences for honest gun owners.  Among other things, it would criminalize and severely punish the mere possession of certain firearms, including registered handguns, even while engaged in lawful activities.  As originally drafted, the bill puts law-abiding gun owners at risk of a potential 10-year prison sentence and a $150,000 fine.

These bills will be voted on by the Senate tomorrow, Thursday, January 3.  Please contact your State Senator today at (609) 292-4840 and respectfully urge him or her to protect the Second Amendment rights of New Jersey’s law-abiding gun owners by opposing S2470, S2934, and S2431.
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