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Christie Signs Some Gun Bills

Alert from ANJRPC quoted below. Not too surprising considering Christie’s general disdain for civil liberties, as was recently expressed. But if he vetoes the worst of it that’s at least something. I also think there’s a better chance of winning on the terror watch list issue in Court than most other things:

This afternoon, Governor Christie announced that he signed 10 of the gun bills on his desk.  Two of those bills are helpful to gun owners, six are neutral in their impact on gun rights as a result of amendments based on gun owner input, and two were opposed by gun owners.

Three other horrific anti-gun bills – the worst of the bills that made it to the Governor’s desk -have not yet been acted upon by Governor Christie: the Sweeney “centerpiece” FID bill, the fifty caliber ban, and the trace data bill that would require the State Police to violate federal law.

It is critical that the Governor’s office continue to hear from gun owners on the three bills that have not been acted on yet.  Please do your part and keep urging the Governor to veto these bills.  Please call the Governor’s office ASAP at 609-292-6000, write him atP.O. Box 001, Trenton, N.J. 08625, or send an email using the online contact form.

The 3 anti-gun bills on which the Governor has NOT yet acted are:

S2723 - the awful Sweeney “omnibus” bill, which throws out existing FID cards and replaces them with either a privacy-invading driver license endorsement or other form of ID; suspends Second Amendment rights without proof of firearms training; ends private sales between background-checked licensed gun owners; effectively creates a registry of ammunition purchases and long gun sales; and imposes a 7-day waiting period for handgun purchases.

A3659 – the fifty caliber gun ban, which in its final version bans firearms that shoot centerfire cartridges of any caliber that attain a muzzle energy of 12,000 ft-lbs. or greater.  Though limited grandfathering has been added in response to gun owner concerns, the firearms must be registered, cannot be passed down to heirs, and owners will be civilly liable for damages if the firearm is used in a crime.  Additionally, the bill has been amended specifically to prevent anyone with a pending order for these firearms from taking possession of them.

A3797 – Mandates that the State Police publicly disclose confidential ATF gun trace data in violation of explicit federal law limiting that data to law enforcement use only. This is an attempt by frustrated gun banners to circumvent the federal Tiarht Amendment, so that idiosyncrasies of the ATF’s trace system can be exploited and manipulated to falsely suggest that law abiding citizens are a source of “crime guns.”  ATF has opposed similar efforts to circumvent confidentiality, which could compromise ongoing investigations. Note: a conditional veto by the Governor removing just the offending parts of A3797 would be sufficient.

The 2 bills that HELP gun owners which the Governor has signed are:

A3788 – Prevents public disclosure of personal information of licensed firearms owners, including name, address, and phone number. The legislation prevents a repeat of what happened in New York State in January, when several newspapers obtained personal information of Empire State gun owners via freedom of information requests and then published that information both in print and on the internet.  Publishing personal information of gun owners jeopardizes their safety and makes them targets for gun theft, in addition to raising significant privacy concerns.

A3796 – Addresses an anomaly in New Jersey’s “assault” firearms statute that prevents those still in possession of banned firearms from lawfully disposing of them.  This bill reopens a compliance window for a short time during which banned firearms could be lawfully disposed of.  Although the compliance window is too short, and the bill fails to allow for lawful disposition of banned magazines and ammunition, it nonetheless offers a limited compliance opportunity that is a temporary improvement over current law.

The 2 bills opposed by gun owners which the Governor signed are:

A3687 – Terror Watch List bill.  Makes it possible to suspend Second Amendment rights without a specified requirement of due process, based on a secret government list compiled by federal bureaucrats with no published standards, no identified procedure to correct errors, and potential for enormous abuse by those in power.  Proponents of the bill have argued that due process is available because there is a right to appeal any permit denial under New Jersey law.

A3717 – Requires submission of certain mental health records to NICS without an explicit, stated requirement of due process within the legislation itself.  ANJRPC has no objection to the core purpose of this legislation, but believes that the legislation needed to explicitly state that only records of persons who have had judicial due process (with a right of appeal) should be submitted to NICS. Proponents of the bill have argued that the NICS system itself, as well as New Jersey mental health law, contain independent due process requirements.

The 6 bills signed by the Governor that have been neutralized in their impact on gun rights are:

S1279 - Upgrades penalty for unlawful transfer of a firearm to a minor (specifically amended to exempt lawful instruction and training, competition and target shooting)

S2720 - Makes records regarding the total number of FID cards and handgun permits issued subject to public disclosure (does not disclose identity of gun owners)

S2804 – Upgrades penalty for unlawful firearms possession by felons or those engaged in serious criminal behavior.

S2430 – Creates a study commission on gun violence.

S2468 – Permits vehicle impoundment where felons or those engaged in serious criminal behavior are unlawfully in possession of firearms.

S2719 – Anti-trafficking legislation (amended to prevent numerous unintended consequences to legal gun owners).

Please watch for upcoming alerts and updates, and please keep contacting the Governor’s office!

10 Responses to “Christie Signs Some Gun Bills”

  1. Brad says:

    That is a bad start. I expect Christie will sign more of those anti-gun bills.

    Does Christie really believe he can win the Republican nomination for president with such recent anti-gun actions? Why would anyone believe judges he could appoint would be any less hostile to the 2nd Amendment than the ones Hillary would appoint?

    If Christie does run for President, by June 2016 SCOTUS may have ruled again about the shape of our RKBA, and if so how will Christie respond? I expect badly.

  2. We need to stop being “neutral” on bills that are “tough on crime!”

    Take “S2468 – Permits vehicle impoundment where felons or those engaged in serious criminal behavior are unlawfully in possession of firearms.”

    I haven’t read the details, but does this mean that if I am travelling through Mordor Jersey with firearms in compliance with the FOPA, I get stopped, unlawfully arrested by a JBT LEO who doesn’t care about FOPA and figures the court will sort it out, my car gets impounded too? It is tough enough to get your stolen seized firearms back from the authorities in these states when they unlawfully take them… imagine trying to get your car back too.

    At this point I want the penalty for violating an AWB or other bullshit gun law to be no more than a speeding ticket, if we have to have the laws on the books in the first place. As we’ve seen in New England, there are harsh minimum penalties and tough felony sentences being put onto all sorts of gun laws. We need to stop the mantra of, “get real tough on the real gun criminals!” Our political opponents see all of us as gun criminals, and that mantra makes it far too easy to get bipartisan consensus on measures that will destroy lives for no good reason.

  3. JayF says:

    Question:

    Someone new is added to the terror suspect watch list.

    It is noticed that the individual already has a NJ FID — he already owns a gun (perhaps for years).

    What happens now?

  4. P.M. says:

    Signing A3687 (the “Terror Watch” anti-due process bill) needs to destroy Christie’s national political ambitions. Done, no do-over, vote for the Dem if you have to. No recovery from that sort of abomination. He can have fun in his Jersey ghetto.

  5. Ronnie says:

    It seems that Chris Christie is about as good for the Second Amendment as Mayor Doomberg is.

    • Matthew Carberry says:

      Precision, not emotional overstatement, is always required.

      Until Christie is willing to actively spend his personal money and political capital outside of NJ to fight gun rights in other states he is nowhere near as bad as Bloomberg.

      A politician willing to merely vote for, give lip-service to, or sign anti-gun legislation is a lesser threat than one who actively sponsors, introduces, or calls for such legislation.

      We do not have the resources to view all our enemies as equal, we have to intelligently rank them so we can counter them appropriately and efficiently.

      Christie remains a local threat

  6. Jim says:

    But seriously people, you expected this clown from this dump to not sign any stupid bills? He has no self control, i.e. his hate for freedom loving Americans, his weight loss choice, yada yada yada…………

  7. anon says:

    Taking what P.M. said in a slightly different direction: part of me hopes he signs every anti-gun bill that crosses his desk, precisely so that he torpedoes his chances nationally.

  8. Bubblehead Les says:

    Just another reason for me to stay out of New Jersey.

    And to NOT Vote for that Idiot RINO!

  9. NotClauswitz says:

    Christie has repeatedly said he’s not running for President, it’s the GOP who keeps courting him & trying to pull him in – but when a Politician says that…you can’t believe them, they’re politicians/professional liars.
    Still this is a good exclusionary act on his part and I’ll never vote for him ESPECIALLY if the Stupid Party and the establishment hacks try to run him.

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