June 17, 2013
Today, the New Jersey Assembly Budget Committee passed Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s "centerpiece” gun legislation (S2723 / A4182) in a "do-over” vote, following the embarrassing failure of the bill to pass a roll-call vote of the Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee on June 6. Assembly Democratic leadership brazenly rigged the system by moving the legislation to the Budget Committee, where they could better control the outcome and ensure the bill’s passage.
The bill passed along party lines, with 8 Democrats voting yes, and 4 Republicans voting no.
The Sweeney legislation throws out existing FID cards and replaces them with either a privacy-invading driver license endorsement or other form of ID; suspends Second Amendment rights without proof of firearms training; imposes a 7-day waiting period for handgun purchases; ends all private sales; and effectively creates a registry of ammunition purchases and long gun sales. Democrats have touted the bill as a "national model.”
The bill now moves to the Assembly for a full floor vote, which is likely to occur on Thursday, June 20. Please immediately call both your Assembly membersand tell them to oppose all new anti-gun legislation, including A4182. If passed by the Assembly, the bill could go back to the Senate next week for concurrence with Assembly amendments.
There was testimony from gun rights activists at today’s hearing, including ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach, who sharply criticized the Sweeney bill and ripped the process of swapping committees in violation of legislative rules. "Anywhere else in the country that would be called vote-rigging,” Bach said. "Here, it masquerades as ‘legislative process’.”
A recording of the hearing will be posted here within 24 hours. Scroll to Monday, June 17, 2013, then click "listen”).
Please watch for future ANJRPC alerts and updates.
Source. ASSOCIATION NJ RIFLE PISTOL CLUBS