From the State that Bought You the Lautenberg Switcheroo

They get a Mulligan on gun control. From ANJRPC:

Today, the New Jersey Assembly Budget Committee passed Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s “centerpiece” gun legislation (S2723 / A4182) in a “do-over” vote, following the embarrassing failure of the bill to pass a roll-call vote of the Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee on June 6.  Assembly Democratic leadership brazenly rigged the system by moving the legislation to the Budget Committee, where they could better control the outcome and ensure the bill’s passage.

The bill passed along party lines, with 8 Democrats voting yes, and 4 Republicans voting no.

The Sweeney legislation 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; imposes a 7-day waiting period for handgun purchases; ends all private sales; and effectively creates a registry of ammunition purchases and long gun sales. Democrats have touted the bill as a “national model.”

The bill now moves to the Assembly for a full floor vote, which is likely to occur on Thursday, June 20.  Please immediately call both your Assembly members and tell them to oppose all new anti-gun legislation, including A4182.  If passed by the Assembly, the bill could go back to the Senate next week for concurrence with Assembly amendments.

There was testimony from gun rights activists at today’s hearing, including ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach, who sharply criticized the Sweeney bill and ripped the process of swapping committees in violation of legislative rules.  “Anywhere else in the country that would be called vote-rigging,” Bach said. “Here, it masquerades as ‘legislative process’.”

A recording of the hearing will be posted here within 24 hours. Scroll to Monday, June 17, 2013, then click “listen”).

Please watch for future ANJRPC alerts and updates.

Usually when you bring a bill up for a vote, if it loses, that’s too bad — it’s the end of the bill. Not in New Jersey, where apparently you can pull it in the middle of a vote when it becomes apparent it’s not going to go the way you want.

7 Responses to “From the State that Bought You the Lautenberg Switcheroo”

  1. Ian Argent says:

    So much for the done deal…

  2. Zermoid says:

    And this after they illegally stopped a vote…….

    Have these Gun-Grabbers No sense of guilt?

  3. Bram says:

    My State Legislators are all conservative Republicans who would lose the next primary if they voted for this crap. It still might pass – then Christie gets to make the biggest choice of his career.

    • Mari says:

      Mine are Dems who will likely vote NO. This will be the only time I might trust them. Other times they lie, and then vote the other way but pretend they didn’t.

      If this goes all the way thru, we’re outa this fascist corrupt state asap. Christie better think real hard, and then veto it!!!

  4. DevsAdvocate says:

    I follow their example: just ignore the law and be happy.