From Jack Fiamingo, our friend from the NJ Second Amendment Society:
We are working in conjunction with the ANJRPC and other New Jersey RKBA groups to spread the word about this legislation. Please send, emails and faxes and make phone calls to all the members of the NJ Assembly LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE *TODAY*. Please attend the hearing tomorrow if possible. Please understand. This bill does *ABSOLUTELY* NOTHING to improve the safety of our schools. It is just one more slide down the slippery slope towards further intrusive gun-owner control.
Executive Director of the ANJRPC Scott Bach just shared this information with us. It is important to act on this *IN FORCE* and as quickly as possible.
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NJ ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER SCHOOL GROUNDS PENALTY INCREASE
Possession of all BB guns and air guns would carry 7-10 year prison sentences with no possibility of leniency.
Parents picking up their children at school after hunting or target shooting would also be at risk.
Victim disarmament zones would be ensured.
On Thursday, June 7 at 2:00 p.m., the New Jersey Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee is scheduled to consider A1216, legislation that would increase the penalty for possession of a "firearm" on the grounds of an educational institution, raising it from a third to second degree crime. Second degree crimes carry a presumptive 7-10 year prison sentence and a fine of up to $150,000, with no opportunity for
New Jersey's "pre-trial intervention leniency program, and very limited sentencing discretion by the judge.New Jersey's definition of "firearm" includes all BB guns and air guns, even though they are commonly regarded as toys in much of the country. Someone who mistakenly possesses a BB gun or air gun on school grounds - even a broken one - would be subject to the lengthy and unforgiving prison sentence that A1216 imposes, with no possibility of leniency, and a presumption in favor of imprisonment.
Also, parents picking up their children at school after hunting or target shooting, or to go hunting or target shooting, would also be at risk of A1216's draconian punishment if they enter on school grounds with a firearm unloaded and properly stored in their vehicle, even though they are not involved in criminal activity.
This thoughtless legislation also virtually ensures that
New Jersey schools would become victim disarmament zones - even teachers licensed with gun permits would be subject to lengthy incarceration, chilling their right of self-defense to protect themselves and school children from attack.
Ironically, A1216 is a "solution" to a problem that has already been solved. Firearms possession for an unlawful purpose is already a second degree crime in
New Jersey, so this legislation adds nothing except cruel and unusual punishment for innocent mistakes.
PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE AND TELL THEM TO VOTE "NO" ON A1216!
MEMBERS OF THE NEW
JERSEYASSEMBLY LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE: