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Hi All,

It is me, Smity, again, continuing my effort to improve gun legislation. When an issue comes up, I post on many forums so I apologize for not being more social. Some of you may remember participating in the email campaign for right to carry on National Park land (over 80 million acres) which resulted in hundreds of email letters sent to the Senate and House just prior to the vote and contributed to its successful passage. The new law goes into effect in February. The second was an attempt to counter one-gun-a-month in NJ, which we could not stop, but we were able to get exemptions for competitors and collectors (the exemptions aren’t great, but they are an improvement).

This time, we are pushing the reintroduction of a right to carry bill in NJ (that would make NJ “shall issue”) and for the bill to be pushed through the Law and Public Safety Committee. Bills can remain in committee indefinitely if there is not a public demand for them to be released. This is important for everyone, not just NJ citizens. Some of you may be familiar with Revell v. Port Authority. Gregg Revell, who was flying from UT to PA, missed his connecting flight in Newark, NJ. Mr. Revell had legally brought a handgun with him in his checked baggage. Mr. Revell’s bags ended up in the lost luggage section of the airport. He finally found his bags, after the remaining flight and all busses had left. He checked into a hotel near the airport and attempted to get on the next flight to PA the following morning. When he declared the handgun while checking his bags, he was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a handgun. Examples like this are why it is important for everyone to get shall issue in NJ.

If you have an opinion in this matter and wish to weigh in, you can do so by following this link:

http://www.change.org/actions/view/new_jersey_right_to_carry

and then click on “Sign the Petition.”

The petition refers to bill A1282 which was a right to carry bill proposed during the last legislative session in NJ. It has growing support among Senators and Assemblymen, especially after the ousting of Jon Corzine, NJ's anti-gun Governor, in the last election. They are all starting to feel the pressure.

If you wish to see the bill before signing the petition, here is the link:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2008/Bills/A1500/1282_I1.PDF

Thank you to everyone for your help! Normally, I keep a running total so everyone can see how many signed from each forum, so confirming would be helpful and appreciated, but don’t feel obligated.

Thanks again,
Smity
 

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Good luck to you!
 

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I'm surprised there's as many responses as there is, it was 279 when I registered.

I wonder how it will go with Corzine making every effort to end firearms ownership on his way through.
 

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Smity,

I live in south Jersey and I saw your post on another forum. I signed the petition and although I don't think we will ever have CCW in Jersey, we still need to rattle the cages of the politicians every once in a while.
 

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Smity,

I live in south Jersey and I saw your post on another forum. I signed the petition and although I don't think we will ever have CCW in Jersey, we still need to rattle the cages of the politicians every once in a while.

I am certain that many legislators will stop at nothing to keep NJ from becoming shall issue. However, on the cusp of McDonald v. Chicago, NJ would be wise to address this and many other problematic gun laws now, before being forced to waste millions of dollars fighting in the courts after 2A is incorporated. In addition to being a civil rights issue, it is about to become an enormous financial issue. I hope that that changes a few minds in the Legislature. It doesn't have to change everyone's mind -- just enough for it to pass.

396!

Smity
 

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Good luck Smity. Getting rid of Corzine was a huge first and positive step. The political winds are blowing, but wonder if some of them can feel the breeze.
 

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Good luck Smity. Getting rid of Corzine was a huge first and positive step. The political winds are blowing, but wonder if some of them can feel the breeze.
Thanks for the support. Getting rid of Corzine was certainly just the beginning. The count is now 564.

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I tried to upload this flyer but I couldn't get it to work, so I am posting a link to another site that has it:

http://www.njcsd.org/forum/showpost.php?p=23852&postcount=23

This is a flyer that has instructions on how to go on line to sign the petition. It can be placed at gun clubs, gun stores, VFW, etc. ...if anyone feels so inclined.

I printed out 100 copies and dropped them off at 2 local gun stores. They were both very appreciative and we had a good conversation about CCW and gun laws in general in NJ. They both thanked me for taking the effort to do so.

The count is 669.

Smity
 
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