Thursday, November 13, 2008

2nd Amendment Rights Vote for Monday (Republicans can step up here as well)

In line with pointing out where our elected Republicans can do the right thing.... here is a copy/paste of an email I received:

Subject: NJ: Gun Ban Vote!
Reply-To: "Gun Owners of America" <Gun_Owners_of_America@capwiz.mailmanager.net>

Gun Ban Vote Scheduled for Monday in Trenton!

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
http://www.gunowners.org

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Gun Owners of New Jersey is reporting that a vote is scheduled in
Trenton on Monday, November 17, to ban several types of hunting and
historical firearms.

Democrat Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, a raging anti-gunner, is the
sponsor of 
A2116 -- a bill which would ban the civilian possession of
.50 caliber firearms, threatening gun owners with five years in jail
and a $15,000 fine. See the bill at:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A2500/2116_R2.HTM



The bill would ban hundreds of Revolutionary and Civil War firearms,
as well as many modern hunting and safari rifles. Even .50 caliber
pistols would be covered.

While the bill has been amended to meet some gun owners' objections,
the bottom line is that the bill still focuses its "wrath" on decent
gun owners who are looking to acquire the types of firearms that were
quite common on the American frontier. So, like most gun control
laws passed today, 
A2116 goes after honest civilians, not criminals.

ACTION: Please urge your Assemblyman to OPPOSE A2116. You can go to
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/SelectMun.asp

to identify your
Assemblyman. Then, after selecting the correct legislator, you will
be taken to a webform where you can make your voice heard. A
pre-written letter is provided below which you can either
copy-and-paste into the webform or use as a basis for your own
message.

----- Pre-written letter -----

Dear Assemblyperson:

I strongly urge you to vote against A2116. In addition to banning
many commonly owned firearms, the bill threatens gun owners who
violate the terms of this legislation with five years in jail and a
$15,000 fine.

This bill doesn't even focus on criminal behavior; rather it
criminalizes the mere possession of items that are constitutionally
protected. It's outrageous to punish non-violent behavior --
especially when it is in keeping with the Second Amendment in the
Bill of Rights.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court stated that, "Just as the First
Amendment protects modern forms of communications... and the Fourth
Amendment applies to modern forms of search... the Second Amendment
extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable
arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the
founding." (DC v. Heller, 2008, p. 8.)

So according to our highest court, the Second Amendment even protects
guns that were not in existence in the late 1700s. How much more
then does the Second Amendment protect the type of guns targeted in
A2116 which were commonly owned by our forefathers.

A2116 would ban commonly owned firearms that citizens in New Jersey
have a right to own. And by focusing its ire on big bore guns, A2116
would ban the types of guns that were frequently possessed in our
early history. It's hard to argue that these guns are not protected
by the Second Amendment!

What's the reason for banning these firearms? Has there been a
recent spate of shootings with .50 calibers? Could you please tell
me how many murders have been committed with .50 caliber firearms in
this state in the last 10 years?

Or, is this just another effort to slice up the Second Amendment, one
gun at a time?

Please let me know how you intend to vote.

Sincerely,


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It is mind-boggling to me that anyone still believes that States/Municipalities have any authority to impose any kind of ban on any kind of firearms from law abiding citizens. It is even more mind boggling to me these dummies in Trenton are going after .50cal weapons.  Being "like a Republican" I can assure you that .50 rifles and even .50 handguns are NOT the problem weapons. Rifles that are .50cal go for about $3K or so at best, ammo is expensive as hell and not too many thugs and criminals who would commit some crime using a firearm are not doing so with a 50 caliber rifle. In fact, in line with issuing challenges that mean nothing, someone find me a story of a criminal using a .50cal rifle to rob a bank, or hold up the local 711, I'd bet a gallon of gas it never happened. 

Besides, how is that Chicago Gun Ban working out? Is the USPS delivering mail in the Harvey section yet at least? Let our police and courts deal with criminals, not with penalizing law abiding citizens with constitutional rights.

This bill is not only going after the wrong people, but going after the wrong weapons as well. The sponsor of this bill has a website here.


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