While there are no elections for State office on Tuesday, November 4, one major reason for New Jersey gun owners, hunters and sportsmen to stand and vote can be summed up in two words: SUPREME COURT.
The U.S. Supreme Court's recent Heller and McDonald decisions affirming the Second Amendment as an individual right were decided by a single vote in a 5-4 decision of the Court. If one of those five justices is replaced by an anti-gun-rights judge in the next several years, you can count on the Court reversing itself and declaring that the Second Amendment is not an individual right, but rather a "collective right" of the states.
U.S. Supreme Court justices can only be appointed if confirmed by the U.S. Senate. It is critically important that pro-freedom individuals gain control of the Senate. It is every bit as important that pro-freedom individuals also maintain control in the House.
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Another reason to vote:
Message from NRA Chief Lobbyist Chris Cox:
"Tuesday's elections are the most important of our lifetime. Our fundamental right to keep and bear arms has never been in greater jeopardy. This election cycle, we face the best organized and most well-funded attack on our freedom since our forefathers put pen to paper to ensure our Second Amendment rights.
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has declared war on the NRA and the Second Amendment. We must not sit back and let him use his billions of dollars to impose his radical and elitist anti-gun agenda on the American people.
Your vote on Tuesday could ensure the strength of the Second Amendment for generations to come. Stay home, and we will only be able to watch as anti-gun politicians advance and enact legislation to erode our rights and disarm the American People. We must be sure our collective voices are heard loudly and clearly on Tuesday - the future of our freedom depends on it!"
Message from NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre:
"Each of you is a proven leader in the fight to save our threatened or near-lost freedoms. We are the good guys - 5 million strong - who must stand and fight and win. We must motivate family, friends, coworkers and neighbors to turn out and vote to reclaim and protect freedoms being eroded and stolen. Our national values can be saved, secured and protected if you lead the way to America's polling places on November 4."
Today, July 2, 2014 Governor Christie vetoed A2006 / S993, legislation that would have banned firearms magazines larger than 10 rounds and would have banned an entire class of popular .22 caliber semi-automatic rifles. The veto marks the end of the road for this legislation for the 2014-2015 session.
"After months of intense battle over this misguided legislation that won't stop another crime or prevent another tragedy, we are grateful that Governor Christie has heard the voice of the outdoor community and ended the discussion,” said ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach. "The Governor clearly recognizes the difference between legislation that punishes violent criminals vs. legislation that targets the rights of law-abiding citizens.”
PLEASE THANK GOVERNOR CHRISTIE TODAY!
Please thank Governor Christie today for his veto of A2006 / S993. You can call the Governor's office at 609-292-6000, write him at P.O. Box 001, Trenton, N.J. 08625, or send an email using the online contact form (select "law and public safety" from the drop-down menu, then pick any sub-topic).
And thank YOU for weathering this months-long storm of attacks on gun owners along with us. It is because of YOUR actions, YOUR calls and letters, YOUR attendance at hearings, and YOUR refusal to give up no matter what the odds, that today's outcome was possible.
Although today's action marks the end of a long and very arduous battle, the fight is far from over. Lawmakers will be back after the November elections, and will continue their relentless attacks on legal gun ownership - and it will be up to gun owners to continue to defend freedom.