Please Contact Your State Legislators Today!
On Thursday, January 3, the New Jersey State Senate passed S2934 sponsored by State Senator Shirley Turner (D-15) and S2431 sponsored by State Senators John Girgenti (D-35) and Paul Sarlo (D-36). Both bills now move for a full vote before the Assembly on Monday, January 7 along with the Assembly versions, A4620 and A3035.
As originally introduced, S2934 and A4620 would have held honest gun owners criminally liable if their stolen firearm was used in a crime. Before reaching the Senate floor, NRA and the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) was able to amend S2934 to give the owner 36 hours upon discovery of the theft to report the firearm stolen and only hold the owner liable to a civil penalty for failing to report. NRA still opposes this legislation and we ask that you to contact your members of the Assembly and strongly urge them to oppose this legislation that holds honest gun-owners financially responsible for being victims of theft.
Also on Monday, January 7, the State Senate will take up S2470, sponsored by Senator Turner. This bill would criminalize the transfer of handgun ammunition to anyone who does not have 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.
Please contact your State Senator and members of the Assembly and respectfully urge them to oppose S2470, S2934/A4620 and S2431/A3035. Contact information can be found by visiting http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp.