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An Example of “Compromise”

In New Jersey, anti-gun lawmakers are dismissing all gun owner concerns about reducing magazine capacity limits, but they want the media to highlight just how generous they are willing to be this legislative season. They are offering up a bill that will allow gun owners who are running out of gas in their car on their way home from the range to stop and get some. Isn’t that nice?

6 Responses to “An Example of “Compromise””

  1. Zermoid says:

    Wow, just when you think NJ can’t get any worse, they figure out a way to prove you wrong…..

  2. Jaime says:

    This is a great example of why I finally gave up on NJ 2A activism and moved to PA. The way the existing law is written, any stop (gas, bathroom, food) between your primary residence and a gun range means that you’re drifting into legal ambiguity. Anything else puts you off the legal radar–like moving residences, staying over your brother’s house to go hunting in the morning, or stopping by your friend’s house to clean your shotguns over cigars after shooting trap together.

    The trendy gun control phrase right now is “common sense gun laws.” There’s no more common sense law than one that allows you to stop to pee on the way home from a gun range. But in exchange for that “concession”, they hang a magazine limit on it. Outrageous.

  3. Daniel in Brookline says:

    I think it’s time for a little vandalism. Render every single bathroom in the NJ Statehouse unusable. Make sure they stay that way. If they bring out porta-potties, install stink bombs appropriately.

    Short version: licensed gun owners are, by definition, adults. They don’t need your permission to go to the bathroom. If you disagree, fine – try legislating without bathroom privileges for a while.

  4. 277Volt says:

    As a life long Arizona resident just the thought of such a law even needing to be discussed is stupefying.

  5. Seerak says:

    Yeesh. I thought this story was going to be about Canada. I didn’t know Jersey was as bad as that.

  6. punaperson says:

    Same laws in Hawaii. Can only travel with firearm unloaded in enclosed container between home, police station (where “permits to acquire” are applied for, given out, and “registration” of your firearm happens… yes, three trips during work hours for a handgun), gunsmith or retail store, and hunting area or range. Cannot stop or go anywhere off the direct route, or you are a criminal. And if you read the laws carefully and literally, there are questions about even using/handling guns in your home or at the range.

    In the Baker v. Kealoha case, argued to the same panel at the same time as Peruta and Richards, judge Callahan even questioned Richard Holcomb, Baker’s lawyer, about whether he was “stretching” the claims about what the law entailed. He replied that his claims were what the law literally said… and her response was (paraphrased) “Well it’s not enforced that way.” Don’t you wish you could tell that to some law enforcement when they are arresting you for stopping at the post office or to pee at a gas station?

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