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concealed carry

16 petitions

Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Phil Murphy

Put an end to unconstitutional firearm carry restrictions in New Jersey

Governor Murphy: Stop infringing on our Second Amendment right to bear arms; Revise N.J.S.2C:58-4 to remove the requirement of “justifiable need” There is no doubt that we live in a dangerous world, and it seems to be getting worse day by day. We are constantly bombarded with new reports of violent crime, be it assault, robbery, rape, murder, or even large-scale terrorist attacks. These crimes often occur at the hands of armed criminals, leading many to believe that banning or severely restricting guns will prevent them from happening. That’s simply not the case. -- If New Jersey’s gun legislation really worked, we wouldn't have two of the “Murder Capitals of America”. Criminals largely tend to circumvent the strict regulations imposed on them by simply buying guns illegally. Just look at the story of Anderson Baker, who speaks of his own experience using illegally obtained firearms to carry out his gang activities in Camden. He says: “Gun laws to people in Camden are like saying you’ll get a ticket if you jaywalk [...] It means nothing.” But those same regulations do prohibit honest, lawful people from protecting themselves against deadly harm. Right now, New Jerseyans can’t protect themselves until it’s too late. NJ state law currently dictates the following regarding applications for permits to carry handguns: "Each application form shall be accompanied by a written certification of justifiable need to carry a handgun, which shall be under oath and, in the case of a private citizen, shall specify in detail the urgent necessity for self-protection, as evidenced by specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant's life that cannot be avoided by means other than by issuance of a permit to carry a handgun." (N.J.S.2C:58-4) That means we can’t decide to protect ourselves until after receiving a deadly threat or even an actual attack. Imagine not being allowed to have airbags in your car until after you get in an accident, or a fire extinguisher until your house has already burned down. That’s the position the people of New Jersey are in right now when it comes to self-defense. And that’s exactly what happened to Carol Bowne, who in 2015 was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend while waiting for a permit. Even having received the permit on time, "If Bowne had obtained a gun, state law would not have allowed her to carry it loaded outside her Patton Avenue home." She could have been saved had it not been for an overly restrictive system that does little to stop unlawful gun use and everything to limit law-abiding citizens. As citizens of a free nation, we deserve the legal right to protect ourselves before our lives are threatened. Nobody should need a specific reason to protect their life. Let's make sure that the good people of the State of New Jersey are empowered to protect themselves at all times.

Emmanuel Garcia
8 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to Governor Rick Snyder

Ask Gov. Snyder (MI) for Justice for Siwatu-Salama Ra

Last summer in Michigan, Siwatu-Salama Ra got into a verbal dispute with a neighbor. The neighbor escalated it by ramming her car multiple times into Ra’s vehicle, while her mother and two-year old daughter were nearby.  Fearing for her life and that of her family, Ra, pulled out a lawfully owned – but unloaded – firearm and brandished it to scare the neighbor away.   Ra was concealed-carry permit holder, in an “open carry” state with a “stand your ground” law on the books. Now, Mrs. Ra is serving a two-year mandatory minimum sentence for felonious assault and felony firearm convictions. She’s seven months pregnant, and according to her attorneys, she’s receiving insufficient medical care— including being shackled and restrained to her bed during a vaginal exam — even though her pregnancy is considered high-risk. The case is under appeal, but the judge deciding Ra’s fate, Thomas Hathaway, has already denied a request to postpone Ra’s sentence until she gives birth.  This is a nothing short of a miscarriage of justice. In what should be one of the happiest moments of her life, a mother will now tragically be forced to give birth to her child while shackled to a bed while hundreds of miles away from friends and family. And once Ra gives birth, the child will be taken away from her while she completes her sentence. The American criminal justice system needs to do better.  Not only is this a ridiculous outcome for Siwatu-Salama Ra, it will likely have a significant impact for her family.   Women tend to be primary caregivers of young children. With 80% of women incarcerated being mothers, keeping children close makes perfect sense. There is no stronger bond than a mother’s love for her child. According to the Bureau of Statistics, children are 6-7 times more likely to offend as a teenager or adult if they don't have a relationship or bond with their parent. Removing a newborn child from their mother immediately after birth is cruel and will likely have a negative impact down the line. Research also shows that 2,000 pregnant women are incarcerated each year. Many of whom will be shackled to the bed while giving birth. According the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, shackling pregnant women endangers not only the mothers, but also can have severe detrimental effects on the health of the child.  Siwatu-Salama Ra should not be in prison. She should be with her family, preparing for one of them most memorable days of her life. Instead, she will be in a concrete cell, shackled by her wrists and ankles, under the watch of a corrections officer – as she welcomes new life into this world. Please sign our petition asking Governor Snyder to pardon Siwatu-Salama Ra, or at the very least, grant her clemency so that she can return to her family.  

ACUF Center for Criminal Justice Reform
11,272 supporters