A Game Plan for Thursday

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In legislative action on Thursday, February 21st, the Assembly plans to vote on more than a dozen bills proposed in response to the tragic murder of undefended school children in Newtown, CT, last December. While none of these bills would make those or any school children safer from criminals bent on doing them harm, many voters believed that the politicians who proposed this legislation at least meant well.

But a PolitickerNJ.com story last week changed our perception. Politicker revealed that the true motive behind this legislation and its massive assault on due process and the Bill of Rights was not the protection of innocent school children, but rather cheap and tawdry electioneering by the NJ Democrat Party. One callous Democrat operative actually called the tragic situation “a gold mine”.

Now we know who we are dealing with. Our opponents are political pigs without a scrap of conscience or good intention.

Below is a list of the bills that will be voted on this Thursday, as well as an analysis of who we must reach in order to have an impact. We have focused on two swing members of the Assembly committee - Republican Sean Kean and Democrat Nelson Albano - to provide a yardstick to gauge whether or not you need to contact Republican Assembly members as well as Democrats.

A588 Prohibits possession of ammunition capable of penetrating body armor.

In committee last week, Republican Assemblyman Sean Kean voted Yes and Democrat Albano voted No.

Call Republicans on this one. Most Democrats will vote for this. This bill bans certain rifle ammunition.

A1116 Establishes 180 day prohibition on purchase of handgun for certain individuals who fail to report loss or theft of firearm.

Republican Kean Yes/ Democrat Albano No

Call Republicans on this one. Most Democrats will vote for this.

A1329 Reduces maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.

Kean and Albano both voted No.

Outright gun ban. Republicans should be united against this. Call Democrats to vote no.

A1387 Permits municipalities to establish weapons free zones around schools and public facilities.

Republican Kean voted No/ Democrat Albano voted Yes

This stupid bill creates a patch work of local gun laws. New Jersey is a pre-emption state and already has a gun-free school law. Republicans should be united against this. Call Democrats to vote no.

A3510 Requires proof of firearms safety training as a condition for issuance of firearms purchaser ID cards and permits to purchase handguns.

Kean and Albano both voted No.

Republicans should be united against this. Call Democrats to vote no.

A3645 Establishes a regulatory and reporting program for ammunition sales and transfers.*

Kean and Albano both voted No.

Republicans should be united against this. Call Democrats to vote no. Regulates ammo sales and registers those who buy ammo.

A3659 Revises definition of destructive device to include certain weapons of 50 caliber or greater.

Kean and Albano both voted No.

Outright gun ban. Republicans should be united against this. Call Democrats to vote no.

A3668 Prohibits investment by State of pension and annuity funds in companies manufacturing, importing, and selling assault firearms for civilian use.

Kean and Albano both voted No.

Republicans should be united against this. Call Democrats to vote no. Putting legal gun manufacturers on the same level as Iran, the Sudan, and apartheid South Africa.

Maybe a hostile amendment to prohibit investment in drone manufacturers?

A3687 Disqualifies person named on federal Terrorist Watchlist from obtaining firearms identification card or permit to purchase handgun.

Republican Kean flip-flopped on this. Democrat Albano voted Yes.

This is a major assault on due process and the Bill of Rights. Call Republicans on this one. Most Democrats will vote for this.

A3717 Requires submission of certain mental health records to National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Both Kean and Albano voted Yes.

Call Republicans on this one. Most Democrats will vote for this. This bill could be salvageable if amended.

A3748Requires background check for private gun sales.

Kean and Albano both voted No.

Republicans should be united against this. Call Democrats to vote no. NJ already has requirements, too burdensome and wants to ban private gun sales. NJ also doesn’t host gun shows.

A3754 Requires firearms seizure when mental health professional determines patient poses threat of harm to self or others.

Kean voted NO and Albano abstained.

Call Republicans on this one. Most Democrats will vote for this. Need to get GOP united to oppose. Can lose freedoms in Bill of Rights because a professional says so.

A3772 Requires that firearms purchaser identification cards display picture; mandates that firearms purchaser identification cards be renewed every five years.

Republican Kean voted Yes/ Democrat Albano No.

Call Republicans on this one. Most Democrats will vote for this. Very bad bill. The GOP should not support this. If you forget to renew, you are a second degree felon in violation of the illegal possession statute. It is not like forgetting to renew a drivers’ license and you get a ticket.

A3796 Provides 90-day window for persons to dispose of certain unlawfully possessed firearms.

Kean voted No/ Albano abstained.

Not the most important battle we face. Republicans should be united against this. Call Democrats to vote no.

A3797 Requires law enforcement to report certain firearms information to interjurisdictional electronic databases, including the National Integrated Ballistics Identification Network; requires State Police to report certain firearms trace data.*

Kean and Albano both voted Yes.

Call Republicans on this one. Most Democrats will vote for this. This bill can be fixed by amendments. Not the most important battle we face.

ACR180 Urges President and Congress of United States to enact legislation enforcing stricter firearms control measures.

Kean and Albano both voted No.

Republicans should be united against this. Call Democrats to vote no. No republican should vote for this.

Generally, you do not have to call Assembly Republicans in Districts 23, 24, 25, or 26. The rest of the state GOP is weak, so burn those phone lines!

Among Democrats, you can have the greatest affect by calling Assembly Democrats in Districts 1, 3, 4, 7, 14, 22, 27, 36 and 38. Lay the pressure on them!

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6 Comments

  1. Jack Gamble says:

    The only way these liberal gun grabbers can be stopped is Chris Christie’s veto.

    Christie is NOT supporting us on this.

    We need to make sure pressure is applied on the governor. We are the ones who elected him, not the gun grabbers. NJ Convervatives and conservatives all over the country need to remind Chris Christie that allowing NJ Democrats to take our rights away will come back to haunt him in 2016.

  2. George says:

    This post is an amazing analysis of a mass of very complicated information. Kudos.

    But think for a moment—How many recipients are actually going to sort through all of this and make the multiple calls that are recommended?

    I feel very strongly about this topic and many other conservative concerns. But I also have daily responsibilities which demand my time and energy. I don’t think I’ll be participating in this drive.

    How many others will? I doubt many other than the authors.

    This is how we lose our freedoms. The champions of more government control and less liberty to the citizens design a tidal wave of legislation which ignores the simplicity of the Founders’ Constitution, and we are at a loss to mount an effective opposition.

    For one thing, we are fighting the wrong battles. We argue about who can demonstrate the “need” to carry a weapon, about whether the miniscule percentage of citizens who are licensed to carry should be restricted from school zones, about what calibre of weapons a citizen may purchase, and why body-armor piercing ammunition should be denied to citizens, etc.

    We buy into the idea that unless a citizen wants to go out and hunt Bambi or play with targets, he has no call to carry a weapon.

    Our people have forgotten that the purpose of the Second Amendment was to protect the citizenry from an out-of-control despotic government. That’s the elephant in the room no one wants to admit is there.

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” “. . . Shall not be infringed.” That’s it. All the arguments we hear today are irrelevant. They deal with rationalizations, straw men, and philosophies. The law of the land, the U.S. Constitution, reads “. . . shall not be infringed.” We may as well argue over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. It’s not relevant to our simple right to keep and bear arms.

    I’d like to argue the fact that where citizens can carry arms, crime declines. I’d like to point out that if an intruder thinks even one person in a school office or crowded theater is armed, he might change his mind. I’d like to argue that our people need to be familiar and skillful with firearms in case of an ambitious executive or an infiltration of terrorists. But those arguments also miss the point. The point is that our rights, for whatever rationale, “. . . shall not be infringed.”

    Unfortunately, even people of good will have forgotten the Constitution and are going with the flow.

    I don’t know the answer, but I’m confident that many of the bills in this post will sail through the legislature. Thank you for your finger in the dike, but the flood is coming because we can’t rally the townfolk in time. They either don’t know what’s happening, they don’t understand its importance, they don’t think they can make a difference, they’re too busy, they don’t care, or (God help us) they actually want Big Brother to think for them.

    George J. Downing, M.Ed.

  3. truther says:

    A good point, but there a lot of Democrats on teh fence and Republicans to keep in line. Don’t give up the fight now. Let’s try to win what we can in the Assembly, then keep it out of the Senate, and if we lose BOTH, then we need to lobby Christie.

  4. Tea party Jane says:

    Ok if Christie does not veto this crap then what ? There are candidates forums going on in every county in NJ and conservatives are AWOL . Did you know that all the candidates in D 38 ,39 and 40 so also called Republicans in Bergen county are no friends of the 2 nd amendment ? If you want to change this go to your candidate forums or primary these RINOS before its too late.

  5. truther says:

    That is good to know. They need primaries if they betray the Bill of Rights.

  6. Tea Party Jane says:

    Truther,

    to be truthful there is a lost that Conservative,& Patriot groups don’t know about the establishment machine and how it works.

    We better wise up now and get ourselves involved in the vetting and selection process today


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