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New Jersey: Smart Guns and Attack on Right to Carry Advance, Veto Override Postponed

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

New Jersey: Smart Guns and Attack on Right to Carry Advance, Veto Override Postponed

On Monday, June 27, the anti-gun Legislature in Trenton forged ahead with more gun control.  While the smart gun bill and legislation undoing the Governor’s executive action on “justifiable need” passed, largely along party lines, the veto override attempt on “domestic violence” legislation was postponed.

The postponement could signal that anti-gun leaders in the Assembly and Senate have the votes to pass the bills, but not the requisite two-thirds to override the Governor’s veto.  Please continue contacting your Assembly member and Senator urging them to vote against the override.  This executive action is the last line of defense against rabid anti-gun leaders in the Legislature. 

In other action, the Senate passed S.2165/A.3689 on a 22-17 vote.  This bill would codify New Jersey’s “justifiable need” standard for concealed carry, and essentially block the incremental improvements resulting from the Governor’s recent actions.  This bill requires the Governor’s signature and he has 45 days to act.  That period is subject to extension if the Legislature is not in session.

The Assembly also passed the “smart gun” bill 44-30 in a vote that was again a largely party-line vote.  A.1426/S.816, as previously reported here, would undo New Jersey’s 2002 smart gun law, but it would force market acceptance of this unviable technology by requiring gun shops to offer at least one smart gun for sale.  The fear is that once the gun has been sold, lawmakers would simply readopt the old smart gun law which bans the sale of traditional handguns.  This bill also heads to the Governor’s desk.  During the 2015 legislative session, Gov. Christie vetoed the bill.

Again, please click the “Take Action” button above to continue contacting your Assembly member and state Senator and politely urging them to oppose the veto override on S.805/A.1211.  New Jersey already has some of the toughest domestic violence gun laws in the country, in addition to federal laws.  This bill is unnecessary and has little due process protection for those individuals who are falsely accused or exonerated.  Instead, respectfully ask lawmakers to support harsh penalties for convicted violent abusers if they are serious about addressing the issue. 

Please continue to follow these alerts for updated schedules.  When the postponed veto override action is scheduled, we will let our members know.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ohio: Critical Self-Defense Law Takes Effect Today!

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Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Illinois: Gun Seizure Bill Could be Heard by House at Any Time

The Illinois House of Representatives could consider House Bill 2354 at any time.

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Arkansas Action Needed: Anti-Gun Bill Which Undermines Concealed Carry Headed to House

Today, the Arkansas Senate passed Senate Bill 724, an anti-gun bill which undermines some of the key advancements made with the passage and enactment of House Bill 1249.  SB 724 is now headed to the ...

Oklahoma: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Passed Out of the House

Friday, March 24, 2017

Oklahoma: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Passed Out of the House

This week, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed multiple pro-gun bills, including House Bill 1721, House Bill 2323, and House Bill 2322. 

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Utah: Governor Signs Self-Defense Legislation into Law

Tonight, Governor Gary Herbert signed House Bill 198 into law.

Maryland: Pro-Carry Legislation Pending Final Vote on House Floor

Monday, March 20, 2017

Maryland: Pro-Carry Legislation Pending Final Vote on House Floor

Today, the Maryland House of Delegates passed House Bill 1036 on second reading.

Texas: Two Important Handgun Carry Bills to be Considered in Senate and House Next Week

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Texas: Two Important Handgun Carry Bills to be Considered in Senate and House Next Week

On Monday, March 27, the Texas Senate will convene after 2:00pm and is expected to take up and consider Senate Bill 16, NRA-backed legislation sponsored by State Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Joan Huffman (R-Houston).

Nevada: Senate Passes Anti-Gun SB 115

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nevada: Senate Passes Anti-Gun SB 115

Yesterday, March 21, the Senate passed anti-gun Senate Bill 115 with a 12-9 vote.  SB 115 was sent to the Assembly for further consideration.  Sponsored by state Senator Moises Denis (D-2), SB 115 would expand the list ...

Continuing to Fight in California

Friday, March 24, 2017

Continuing to Fight in California

We are excited to inform you of our new California specific webpage – Stand and Fight California.   On this page you will find State Legislation, Legal Updates, and How to Get Involved, among other California ...

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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.