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New Jersey: Assembly Committee Advances Bill That Contains Inadequate Due Process

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

New Jersey: Assembly Committee Advances Bill That Contains Inadequate Due Process

On Monday, the Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee passed Assembly Bill 4218, introduced by Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (D-4), on a party-line 5-3 vote.  Despite opposition and testimony against the bill from both NRA and NRA’s state association, the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC), the misguided legislation moved forward. 

Although the bill is purported to enhance penalties for domestic abusers, it unfortunately goes much further by denying due process to individuals.  It is important that due process exists to protect those who may be falsely accused, or accused of offenses which are non-violent.  Testimony on the bill revealed serious constitutional issues related to spousal privilege and seizure of property without adequate due process.  It also contains numerous pitfalls which have the potential to ensnare innocent individuals, as we have seen repeatedly with New Jersey gun laws.  A.4218 now advances to the Assembly floor, and it is expected to be heard soon.

Please contact your Assembly member immediately and politely urge him or her to vote against this deeply flawed measure.  Click the below button to take action now!

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