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New Jersey: Both Chambers to Vote on Troubling Bills that Violate Due Process

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Jersey: Both Chambers to Vote on Troubling Bills that Violate Due Process

On Thursday, June 25, the New Jersey Senate and Assembly are both expected to take floor votes on a pair of anti-gun bills that would violate due process in New Jersey.  New Jersey already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, including those that apply to domestic violence.  

Anti-gun politicians are deliberately trying to expand a “prohibited” class under the guise of domestic violence.  Assembly Bill 4218, sponsored by Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera, and Senate Bill 2786, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, ignore legitimate due process concerns and do nothing to ensure a critical rights restoration process.  Instead, it is fraught with problems that could potentially ensnare law-abiding gun owners that we have repeatedly witnessed in New Jersey.

When it comes to something as serious as denying someone their fundamental, constitutional rights, due process under the law is absolutely necessary.  The Second Amendment right to Keep and Bear Arms should not be treated as if it is a privilege that can just be taken away following accusations that haven’t yet been proven through adjudication.  There should also be a clear process for the restoration of rights.

These bills, as written, contain several troubling provisions.  This legislation mandates a deeply flawed surrender order.  Temporary protection orders, which are not the same as a criminal conviction, are enough to trigger such a surrender order.  The bill also has penalties for failing to surrender firearms which may have been reported stolen or sold years ago.  These bills allow law enforcement to charge unspecified “fees” to store seized firearms, even when a person has been vindicated.  In addition, the bill doesn’t contain penalties for falsely accusing someone of domestic violence.  The bill also fails to address constitutional questions of spousal privileges and private property takings.

Finally, this legislation is unnecessary because federal law already classifies convicted domestic abusers as “prohibited persons,” and even includes certain misdemeanor convictions.  The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) also blocks those under protection orders from purchasing a firearm.  

Because these bills are unnecessary, lack adequate due process and are laced with pitfalls for law-abiding citizens, please immediately contact your state Senator and your Assembly members and respectfully ask them to oppose both Assembly Bill 4218 and Senate Bill 2786Click the above button to take action now!

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Illinois: House Committee Passes Bill to Close Local Gun Dealers

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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The House Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 1657 by a 7-6 vote.

Washington: NRA Files Amicus Brief in Challenge to Kitsap County Anti-Gun Ordinance

Monday, May 22, 2017

Washington: NRA Files Amicus Brief in Challenge to Kitsap County Anti-Gun Ordinance

Last week, attorneys on behalf of the NRA filed an amicus brief in Kitsap County v. Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club (Kitsap II), the case which challenges Kitsap County’s firearm discharge ban and range licensing scheme.  Kitsap Rifle and ...

Maryland: Governor Hogan Signs Apprentice Hunting Legislation into Law

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Maryland: Governor Hogan Signs Apprentice Hunting Legislation into Law

Today, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed House Bill 1427 into law.

Nevada: Governor Sandoval Signs AB 118!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Nevada: Governor Sandoval Signs AB 118!

Today, May 22, Governor Brian Sandoval signed important pro-gun legislation, Assembly Bill 118, into law.  AB 118, sponsored by Assemblyman Skip Daly, will allow members of the military and those who have received an honorable ...

California: AB 424 Passes Assembly - Appropriations Committees to Consider Suspense Items

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

California: AB 424 Passes Assembly - Appropriations Committees to Consider Suspense Items

Friday, May 26th is the deadline for the fiscal committees to pass bills to the floor from the chamber of origin.  On Thursday, May 25, the Senate AppropriationsCommittee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 464 and Senate Bill 497. ...

Kansas: Senate Committee Passes Gun Free Zone Legislation, Again

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kansas: Senate Committee Passes Gun Free Zone Legislation, Again

Last week, the Senate Committee of the Whole referred an amended version of House Bill 2278 back to the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

From My Cold Wet Hands: Humorless Scold Targets Squirt Guns

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Friday, May 19, 2017

From My Cold Wet Hands: Humorless Scold Targets Squirt Guns

We have yet to reach Memorial Day, but the fun police have already set their sights on at least one cherished summer childhood activity. In an article for Pupsugar.com, titled, “Why Kids Should Never Play ...

Court's Commonsense Conclusion: "There Was a Gun" Isn't Enough to Justify Issuing a Restraining Order

Second Amendment  

Friday, May 19, 2017

Court's Commonsense Conclusion: "There Was a Gun" Isn't Enough to Justify Issuing a Restraining Order

The Supreme Court of North Dakota confirmed this week that simply possessing a handgun while on one’s own private property cannot support a finding of "disorderly conduct" under the state’s disorderly conduct restraining order law. ...

California: Draft "Assault Weapon" Regulation Language Now Available

Thursday, May 18, 2017

California: Draft "Assault Weapon" Regulation Language Now Available

Today, May 18, a draft copy of the "Assault Weapon" regulations has been made available

California: Don’t Miss our May 25th Webinar to Discuss the Newest DOJ Draft “Assault Weapons” Regulations

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

California: Don’t Miss our May 25th Webinar to Discuss the Newest DOJ Draft “Assault Weapons” Regulations

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 25, at 12:00 pm (PT), NRA’s legal team will be hosting a free webinar to discuss the recently submitted “assault weapon” regulations.   

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