Protect New Jersey From Gun Deregulation!
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New Jersey has been protected by some of the toughest gun laws in the country. For 46 years, our state required a "justifiable need" to carry a handgun. This meant that only trained former policemen and armed guards were allowed to carry concealed weapons in public. Two months ago, against the will of our State Legislature, Governor Chris Christie adopted regulations to weaken our state's sensible restrictions on who may carry concealed weapons in public.
Now, with the election of a President who told the NRA, "You came through for me, and I am going to come through for you" and "The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedom has come to a crashing end," this problem is compounded. There is currently a bill introduced at the federal level that could have devastating implications for New Jerseyans' safety, especially now that concealed carry restrictions have been loosened here.
"The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017" (H.R. 38/S 446) would force each state to recognize the concealed carry standards from every other state, even those that have dramatically weaker standards. This "guns everywhere" agenda would override New Jersey's strict guidelines, and would allow for guns in bars, schools, daycares...everywhere. People who were denied gun permits in New Jersey would be able to get an out-of-state permit, allowing them to carry it back home here. Convicted stalkers, drunk drivers, violent criminals, felons, domestic abusers, and people with dangerous mental illness would all be able to carry a gun in New Jersey if this bill passes.
Governor Christie's actions will have a profound effect on New Jersey public safety, especially if H.R. 38/S446 is passed in the U.S. Congress. The combination will effectively rout New Jersey's strict gun control laws by allowing the states with the weakest standards to overrun our own.
Speakers Weinberg and Prieto, we are behind you. Take this to court!
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