On the front page of ANJRPC, we find New Jersey is considering a sweeping gun ban:
On Thursday morning, June 12, the New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider legislation that would ban the purchase, transfer, and inheritance of many popular hunting guns, historical American firearms, and large bore target firearms, based on alleged public safety concerns.
Touted as a ban on .50 caliber and larger firearms, A2116 assaults New Jersey sportsmen by banning dozens of models of popular hunting guns, including traditional .50 muzzle loaders with synthetic stocks, fiber optic sights, or scopes in lieu of sights. Such guns with sights not actually made of iron are also in question due to A2116’s unclear wording. The bill also bans many modern safari rifles and hunting handguns.
A2116 also bans hundreds of historical American firearms and replicas, including from the Civil War and Revolutionary War eras. A2116 is a slap in the face to collectors, historians, and the patriots who used these firearms to win the very freedoms this legislation now seeks to take away.
A2116 also wrongly demonizes the .50 bmg rifle, which is not used in criminal activity, but which is regularly used by law abiding citizens for precision target shooting, competition, and collection. The legislation makes the fundamental mistake of banning guns based on the size of the hole in the barrel rather than punishing criminal behavior.
Please immediately email, call, and/or fax the members of the NJ Assembly Judiciary Committee, and urge them to oppose A2116!
If I recall, muzzle loaders are the only type of firearm that’s legal to hunt with in New Jersey, so this would essentially outlaw hunting with anything other than an antique. New Jersey hunters organized and defeated some anti-gun and anti-hunting representatives last fall. Consider this to be paybacks from Bryan Miller to you. He’s trying to show that he can keelhaul New Jersey gun owners, and that we’re powerless to stop him. Follow the link to ANJRPC and call your representatives.