Falls Township Rifle and Pistol Association

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Category: Legislative

Hearing Tomorrow in Trenton on Gun Control

NRA and the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) are asking folks to come to Trenton TOMORROW (2/13/2013), to help fill the hearing room to oppose a rash of new draconian gun restrictions and bans.

The NRA-ILA and our state association, the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC), are calling for “all hands on deck.”  Attend the committee hearing at 10:00 a.m. this Wednesday in the State House Annex, Committee Room 11, 4th Floor, Trenton.  Click here for information on buses and to register.

Please make plans to attend if you can.

Anti-Gun Bills Appearing in New Jersey

The list is now up to 43, according to the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs:

  1. A3645 - Requires ammunition sales and transfers be conducted as face‑to‑face transactions.
  2. A3646 - Establishes a regulatory system to govern the sale and transfer of ammunition.
  3. A3653 - Criminalizes purchasing or owning weapon if person has previous conviction of unlawful possession of weapon.
  4. A3659 - Revises definition of destructive device to include certain weapons of 50 caliber or greater.
  5. A3664 - Reduces lawful maximum capacity of certain ammunition magazines in New Jersey.
  6. A3666 - Prohibits mail order, Internet, telephone, and any other anonymous method of ammunition sale or transfer in New Jersey.
  7. A3667 - Requires mental health screening by licensed professional to purchase a firearm.
  8. A3668 - Prohibits investment by State of pension and annuity funds in companies manufacturing, importing, and selling assault firearms for civilian use.
  9. A3676 - Requires psychological evaluation and in‑home inspection as prerequisite to purchase firearm.
  10. A3687 - Disqualifies person named on federal Terrorist Watchlist from obtaining firearms identification card or permit to purchase handgun.
  11. A3688 - Requires mental health evaluation and list of household members with mental illness to purchase firearm.
  12. A3689 - Requires security guards who carry weapons to wear certain uniform, including identification card.
  13. A3690 - Declares violence a public health crisis, recommends expansion of mental health programs, recommends federal adoption of gun control measures, and establishes “Study Commission on Violence.”
  14. A3704 - Requires handgun ammunition to be encoded with serial number.
  15. A3707 - Establishes a ballistics identifier program for certain firearms.
  16. A3717 - Requires submission of certain mental health records to National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
  17. A3727 - Imposes additional five percent tax on sale of firearms and ammunition to fund safety infrastructure improvements in public buildings.
  18. A3748 – Requires background check for private gun sales.
  19. A3750 – Establishes regulatory and reporting program for all ammunition sales.
  20. A3752 – Requires firearms to be unloaded and securely locked or stored within home.
  21. A3753 – Increases references required for application for handgun permit and firearms identification card from two to five.
  22. A3754 – Requires firearms seizure when mental health professional determines patient poses threat of harm to self or others.
  23. A3772 – Requires that firearms purchaser identification cards display picture; mandates that firearms purchaser identification cards be renewed every five years.
  24. A3773 – Increases firearms purchaser identification card and permit to purchase a handgun fee.
  25. ACR176 – Memorializes Congress and the President of the United States to enact legislation enforcing stricter firearms control measures.
  26. AR143 – Expresses support for Attorney General’s gun buyback program.
  27. AR133 - Expresses support for creation of task force on gun control led by Vice President Biden.
  28. S2430 - Declares violence a public health crisis, recommends expansion of mental health programs, recommends federal adoption of gun control measures, and establishes “Study Commission on Violence.”
  29. S2456 - Criminalizes purchase or possession of firearms ammunition by persons convicted of certain crimes.
  30. S2464 - Regulates sale and transfer of rifle and shotgun ammunition.
  31. S2465 - Prohibits mail order, Internet, telephone, and any other anonymous method of ammunition sale or transfer in New Jersey.
  32. S2467 - Prohibits State administered pension fund investment in manufacturers of firearms prohibited in New Jersey.
  33. S2471 - Prohibits investment by State of pension and annuity funds in companies manufacturing, importing, and selling assault firearms for civilian use.
  34. S2474 - Establishes a regulatory system to govern the sale and transfer of ammunition.
  35. S2475 - Reduces maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.
  36. S2476 - Requires ammunition sales and transfers be conducted as face‑to‑face transactions.
  37. S2485 - Disqualifies person named on federal Terrorist Watchlist from obtaining firearms identification card or permit to purchase handgun.
  38. S2497 - Reduces lawful maximum capacity of certain ammunition magazines in New Jersey.
  39. S2523 – Establishes a regulatory program for rifle and shotgun ammunition sales.
  40. S2525 – Establishes regulatory and reporting program for all ammunition sales.
  41. SCR136 - Urges President and Congress of United States to enact assault weapons ban including prohibition against large capacity ammunition feeding devices.
  42. SR96 - Urges President and Congress to reauthorize assault weapons ban.
  43. SR92 - Urges Congress to strengthen gun control

Also see this Op-Ed from the Executive Director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, Scott Bach. I would encourage every club member, even those not from New Jersey, to join ANJRPC to help ensure they have the support needed to fight on our behalf. It’s important that gun owners be heard from, so be sure to write your representatives.

Gun Rights Defeat in New York: A Harbinger of Things to Come?

Many of you may or may not have heard by now that, in a late night closed-door session, Governor Andrew Cuomo rammed the most radical gun control package in the history of the United States through the New York Legislature. What does the New York Law do?

  • Expands the state’s existing pseudo (semi-auto) “assault weapons” ban by outlawing pre-ban firearms, unless they are registered.
  • Redefines assault weapon as a semi-automatic firearm that can accept a detachable magazine and has any single feature, such as a pistol grip, thumbhole stock, folding stock, telescoping stock, second hand grip, bayonet mount, flash suppressor, muzzle break or compensator.
  • Makes it unlawful to load more than 7 rounds in any firearm.
  • Revokes grandfathering for magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Magazines of this nature must be transferred out of state or turned into the state police within one year.
  • Any clip that holds more than 7 rounds will become unlawful. The standard M1 Garand clip will become unlawful. SKS clips that hold 10 rounds will become unlawful. If someone has links for an ammunition belt that could conceivably be assembled to hold more than 7 rounds will be unlawful.
  • Any firearm with a threaded barrel for accessory attachment is unlawful.
  • Outlaws any firearm which is a semi-automatic version of an automatic firearm. This would likely cover the M1 Carbine, the Glock 17, the M1A, and any numerous other commonly-owned firearms that have a fully automatic counterpart.
  • Outlaws any shotgun holding more than 7 rounds.

And this is just the gun ban component. New Yorkers previously got lifetime licenses for firearms, and now will have to get them renewed every 5 years. Fingerprinting will also now be required. Mail order ammunition sales are now unlawful in New York, and people purchasing ammunition will have to undergo a background check. People purchasing ammunition in “large” quantities, of greater than 1000 rounds will be reported to the police as if they were common criminals.

And it’s not just New York. Legislation along these lines has been introduced in New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland and California. This is a real threat to our Second Amendment rights, and it’s critically important that we’re heard from.

Legislative Report – January 2013

Gun Control So Extreme, 1994 Looks Tame

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and New Year, and look forward to a happy and healthy… 1993. At least we hope happy and healthy, because for gun rights, that’s the time we’ve gone back to in the wake of the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

Many of us remember the first fight over this issue in the late 80s and early 90s. Many others only learned, after the ban’s passage, that the term “assault weapon” suddenly defined many common rifles used in competition and by others who shoot recreationally. This fight is shaping up to surpass that one in intensity and scope. Everything is on the table, including confiscation of most modern firearms with semi-automatic action. Common magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition may be banned, and some bills being floated demand confiscation of those magazines.

Multiple lawmakers are piling on with different gun control proposals, and they have made clear that they are unwilling to wait to give us a chance to respond to their ideas.

New Federal Gun Control

By the end of the month, it appears there will be at least a dozen new gun control bills filed in the US House & Senate. The bill getting the most attention in the Senate at the moment is one that would take the previous ban and extend it to every semi-automatic rifle that can accept a detachable magazine. This will cover common rifles like the AR-15, the M1 Carbine, and the Ruger Mini 14, and most or all models of the SKS.

Unlike the previous ban which allowed you to keep firearms and magazines you legally owned before the ban without punishment, this bill will require registration of every single currently owned firearm, under the National Firearms Act, which requires a $200 tax and mandates owners submit photos and fingerprints to the ATF and notify ATF any time you cross a state line with your firearm, even if you’re taking it to a competition. You will never be able to sell or pass on your currently owned firearms covered under the ban to your heirs. This would make semi-automatic rifles more heavily restricted than fully automatic rifles.

Another bill that is getting attention because it has been backed by a Connecticut Senator would require you to go through a federal background check every single time you purchase even one round of ammunition. If you purchase 1,000 rounds or more within a week – in other words, if you pick up 2 bricks of .22 during a sale at Cabela’s – then you must be reported to law enforcement for your purchase.

The other factor in the debate is the White House. On January 9, the Vice President announced to the media that they would be using Executive Orders to enact gun control any time that they could in order to circumvent Congress. Based on what we know about proposals that have floated around the White House before the Connecticut tragedy, this could include measures such as import restrictions to drive up the cost of ammunition beyond its already elevated levels. We will likely see some kind of announcement on these gun controls by the end of January.

The chances of these bills passing largely depend on how much we speak out. Your Senators and Congressman NEED to hear from you now, and again if any bill actually starts to move.

New State Firearm Restrictions

In Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett has made clear in multiple reports that he does not believe more gun control on law-abiding citizens is the answer to mass shootings. Rep. Todd Stephens of Montgomery County announced plans to introduce a bill that will require Pennsylvania to submit the records of people banned by mental health restrictions to the federal NICS system.

However, in Bucks County, Rep. Steve Santarsiero (Yardley, Newtown, Lower Makefield) called the continued ownership of legally owned semi-automatic rifles a dangerous “loophole.” He vowed to introduce and push a bill to not only ban the continued sale of common rifles, but one that would mandate confiscation from all gun owners who have previously purchased one.

For any Pennsylvania resident who has a concealed carry permit and plans to travel outside of the state with your firearm, you should be warned that on and after January 15, you need to check the legal status of carrying outside of Pennsylvania on a daily basis. Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane has already pledged to gun control groups that she will either withdraw from or re-write any reciprocity agreements signed by previous Attorneys General. If you visit a state with an agreement, the agreement could be valid at the beginning of your trip and nullified by the end, leaving you in a position of carrying a gun illegally and subject to prosecution in another state. If she makes these changes, they will likely not receive major press attention, so you must keep up with the state of the agreements or laws in the states you visit every day of your trip.

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