I’ll talk about New Jersey’s newly proposed anti-Second Amendment bill. At the time of this writing, it has yet to be scheduled for a committee vote in the Senate but it’s getting there faster than anticipated.
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For those who have no idea what this new unconstitutional bill is all about, I’ll provide background so you know what’s going on.
Just as a quick disclaimer, all the info I’ll provide in this topic does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice. Instead, all information, content, and my opinions on the matter are for general informational and entertainment purposes only. If you need legal advice, please talk to a lawyer. Without further ado, let’s begin.
On October 13th, two anti-gun lawmakers of New Jersey, Senate President Nicholas Scutari and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin proudly presented to the public a new gun legislation at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey. They touted it as America’s quote “strongest measure concerning concealed carry with the main goal of significantly restricting when and where civilians can legally carry their defensive firearms outside of their homes.
When he announced the proposal in a Statehouse press conference, Senate President Scutari said he personally believes that the people’s way of life is being threatened by certain things that have gone on in the federal government, and that they’re addressing those things by dropping this piece of unconstitutional legislation.
It’s very typical of him and his cohorts to characterize the ruling in a tone-deaf manner as, quote, “threatening to the people’s way of life,” end quote, especially considering that A, there is an incoming red wave in the midterms; and B, the senile POTUS and his socialist friends are the ones running the show — Trump had been kicked out of the White House two years ago.
New Jersey anti-gun Democrat Governor Phil Murphy vowed to sign the measure in response to many of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling since Bruen, some of which effectively forced many anti-gun states to relinquish their unconstitutional powers of having the final say on who can and cannot carry guns outside of their homes.
The proposal outlined on October 13th has almost everything New Jersey’s Democrat governor has previously proposed, as confirmed by his spokesperson Alyana Alfaro-Post in an interview with Politico, quote: “The administration has worked closely with the Legislature to draft legislation over the last few months, and the Governor looks forward to signing this bill into law after it moves through the legislative process,” end quote.
Just four days later after Senate President Scutari announced the proposal, on October 17th, this newly proposed anti-gun legislation was advanced by an Assembly panel in their desperate attempt to regain some of the gun control powers they were forced to relinquish via the Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association Inc. v Bruen.
This bill was New Jersey state legislators’ first of what will probably be a barrage of attempts to counter the Supreme Court’s many rulings using their new Bruen standard, which forced gun-restrictive states like New Jersey to repeal gun control laws that prevented firearms owners from exercising their Second Amendment right to carry a firearm outside their homes by requiring them to show a quote unquote — JUSTIFIABLE need.
Once signed, the legislation will revise New Jersey’s existing laws making it impossible for a lot of people to get a concealed carry firearm, not to mention severely limiting places outside of one’s home where a gun can be carried even with a permit to carry.
One of the many changes the bill proposes is to expand the criteria for disqualifying certain people from purchasing and owning guns. The bill specified six different types of people — personally, I don’t have anything against the first five types, namely,
1. people who are either presently confined or have been admitted or committed to mental disorder treatment;
2. those who are subject to an outstanding arrest warrant for an indictable crime in New Jersey or for a felony in any other state or federal jurisdiction;
3. those who violated any restraining order related to domestic violence;
4. those who violated any restraining order related to sexual assault; and
5. those who are fugitives from other states,
However, the sixth type sounds sneaky, those are people who were convicted for violating the handgun carry requirements established under this bill. I think it’ll likely result in another Morin v Lyver case, which I did a topic on. I’ll leave a link in the description if you want to know more about it.
Another thing this bill proposes is it’ll require individuals applying for a permit to carry a concealed handgun to undergo a gun safety training, which I can partly agree to because there are people who purchase guns but have no idea how to use them. But would the state accept a training certificate from just anyone? Probably not. There will probably be only a few people or organizations approved by the state to give a gun safety course, which just makes this section another layer of red tape.
Also, concealed carry permit applications will be required to provide endorsements from FIVE people unrelated to the applicant as part of a greatly revamped background check. Yet again another layer of red tape.
There’s also that part of the new bill that will require concealed carry permit applicants to purchase liability insurance. Who knows how much that will cost — but I’m pretty sure umbrella insurance providers like Liberty Mutual or StateFarm will be really happy when this bill is signed into law.
AND this new bill will increase the application fee for the permit to carry a handgun from a measly $2 to a whopping $200. Given today’s economic climate and the ongoing recession which Brandon’s administration vehemently denies, if you’re a minimum wage earner, there’s no way you can fork up $200 for a permit to carry, heck you can already find a nice NIB Taurus G3X selling for that much!
And it gets worse! That $200 permit to carry will expire exactly two years from the date of issuance, which means if you want to carry a handgun in the state of New Jersey, you have to pay the state no less than $100 a year. This 2-year expiration multiplies the already thick layers of red tape to orders of magnitude thickness, especially considering that there have been around 300,000 New Jersey citizens who submitted an application for a concealed carry permit since the Bruen ruling.
Not only is the state trying to re-claim their lost gun control powers, they’re also trying to milk the Supreme Court’s ruling for all it’s worth. Those greedy Democrats are discriminating against the poor in favor of the middle and upper classes. Tsk tsk tsk. WHATEVER HAPPENED to the progressive left’s fight against social injustice and inequity, Mr. Senate President?
And lastly, as I touched on earlier, this new law will make it a third degree crime to carry a gun in 25 different public area cateogries, the first five of which I don’t have problems with. Those five are:
1. any place that is owned, leased, or under control of the state, county or municipal government;
2. any courthouse or courtroom;
3. any place maintained by the state, a county, or a municipality to detain criminal suspects and offenders like a correctional or a juvenile justice facility;
4. any half-way house contracted by the state;
5. any place being used for polling during elections;
The remaining 20 categories in my opinion are simply laughable. This is how you know that this bill was penned by corrupt anti-Second Amendment lawmakers. These 20 categories are:
6. any place within 100 feet of a public gathering, demonstration or event;
7. all schools and school buses;
8. child care facilities and day care centers;
9. nursery schools, pre-school centers, zoos, and summer camps;
10. any park, beach, recreation facility or playground owned or controlled by the state, county or local government unit, or any part of such a place designated as a gun free zone by the governing authority based on considerations of public safety;
11. at youth sports events, during and immediately preceding and following the conduct of such events;
12. any publicly owned or leased library or museum;
13. any shelter for the homeless, any children’s shelter, child care shelter, shelter for victims of domestic violence, or any shelter under the control of the Juvenile Justice Commission or the Department of Children and Families;
14. any place where there’s a community residence for persons with developmental disabilities, head injuries, or terminal illnesses, or any other residential setting licensed by the Department of Human Services or Department of Health;
15. any bar or restaurant where alcohol is served, and any other site or facility where alcohol is sold for consumption on the premises;
16. any place or facility where cannabis is sold for consumption on the premises;
17. any privately or publicly owned and operated entertainment facility within New Jersey, including but not limited to a theater, stadium, museum, arena, racetrack or other place where performances, concerts, exhibits, games or contests are held;
18. casinos and any other related facilities, including but not limited to appurtenant hotels, retail premises, restaurant and bar facilities, and entertainment and recreational venues located within the casino property;
19. energy plants or any facility where there’s operation that produces, converts, distributes or stores energy or converts one form of energy to another;
20. any airport or public transportation hub, which means what happened in Philadelphia last year — if you didn’t know, a woman was raped in a train car on the Market-Frankford Line and none of her fellow passengers tried to help her — that can happen anywhere in New Jersey and these anti-gun lawmakers are okay with it;
21. any health care facility, including but not limited to a general hospital, special hospital, mental hospital, public health center, diagnostic center, treatment center, rehabilitation center, extended care facility, skilled nursing home, nursing home, intermediate care facility, tuberculosis hospital, chronic disease hospital, maternity hospital, outpatient clinic, dispensary, assisted living center, home health care agency or residential health care facility;
22. any facility licensed or regulated by the Department of Human Services or Department of Health that provides addiction or mental health treatment or support services;
23. any public location being used for making motion picture or television images for theatrical, commercial or educational purposes, during the time such location is being used for that purpose;
24. any private property, including but not limited to residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, institutional or undeveloped property, unless the owner has provided express consent or has posted a sign indicating that it is permissible to carry on the premises a concealed handgun with a valid and lawfully issued license. Like, does anyone ever do that? And finally,
25. any other place in which the carrying of a handgun is prohibited by statute or rule or regulation promulgated by a federal or State agency or by municipal ordinance or regulation.
As I said, I find these categories questionable at best and downright unconstitutional at worst. These 20 categories make it so that you can really only carry your gun outside of your home legally if you’re just walking or driving around aimlessly with no particular destination in mind. You’re paying the state of New Jersey $200 for a permit to carry that is, for all intents and purposes, USELESS! If you agree or disagree, you can let me know by commenting down below.
So, where’s this new bill going? New York passed similar legislation three months ago but it was struck down by a federal judge, saying it would be unconstitutional to prohibit guns in so-called “sensitive” areas like Times Square. But another judge reversed that ruling so it will remain in effect while the case is appealed.
In Trenton, New Jersey, the majority of the committee last Monday October 17th agreed to advance the bill, with only Republican Assemblyman Robert Auth and Republican Assemblywoman Vicky Flynn voting “NO”. The new bill is expected to go before the full Assembly for a vote on Thursday October 27th.
The Senate version of the bill was introduced on October 17th, the same day it was heard by the committee in Trenton. It has not yet been scheduled for a committee vote in the Senate, but there is a pretty good chance that by the end of October, this bill will have been signed into law.
Whether you’re in New Jersey or in another state with strict gun laws, you should keep your eyes open for these kinds of unconstitutional gun laws. If you’re in New Jersey, you know that Democrats have been the dominant party there since 2002. You want less of these laws? Talk to your family and friends, share these types of topic with them to spread awareness, and do your research on your politicians so you’ll only vote for those who care about your Second Amendment Rights.