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ANJRPC Sues Corzine Administration over One Gun a Month
                           ANJRPC SUES TO THROW OUT CORZINE'S ONE GUN A MONTH LAW!

Federal Lawsuit Comes in Direct Response to Lawmakers' Broken Promise to Create a Meaningful Exemption for Honest Collectors and Competitors


Following is the Text of an ANJRPC Press Release
issued on January 17, 2010

The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) announced today that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey to invalidate New Jersey's one gun a month law, in direct response to lawmakers' broken promise to create a meaningful exemption for gun collectors and competitors in the handgun rationing law.

According to ANJRPC President Scott Bach, "Criminals laugh at Corzine's new law, which they can easily thwart, and which fails to punish criminal behavior. It's a thinly disguised attempt to ration the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens."

"Lawmakers promised that Corzine's Firearms Task Force would deliver a meaningful exemption for honest gun collectors and competitors, who were not the target of the law. Instead, they rammed through a largely useless and offensive scheme requiring registered gun owners to beg further permission and show why it is not 'feasible or practical' to ration their Constitutional rights every time they wish to make an exempt purchase – a nearly impossible standard to meet," said Bach. "Lawmakers blatantly broke their promise and turned t
ANJRPC SUES TO THROW OUT CORZINE'S ONE GUN A MONTH LAW!

Federal Lawsuit Comes in Direct Response to Lawmakers' Broken Promise to Create a Meaningful Exemption for Honest Collectors and Competitors

Following is the Text of an ANJRPC Press Release
issued on January 17, 2010
 
The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) announced today that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey to invalidate New Jersey's one gun a month law, in direct response to lawmakers' broken promise to create a meaningful exemption for gun collectors and competitors in the handgun rationing law.

According to ANJRPC President Scott Bach, "Criminals laugh at Corzine's new law, which they can easily thwart, and which fails to punish criminal behavior. It's a thinly disguised attempt to ration the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens."

"Lawmakers promised that Corzine's Firearms Task Force would deliver a meaningful exemption for honest gun collectors and competitors, who were not the target of the law. Instead, they rammed through a largely useless and offensive scheme requiring registered gun owners to beg further permission and show why it is not 'feasible or practical' to ration their Constitutional rights every time they wish to make an exempt purchase – a nearly impossible standard to meet," said Bach. "Lawmakers blatantly broke their promise and turned the Task Force into a Task Farce when it came to protecting the Constitutional rights of honest citizens. Their actions forced us to sue, and have now jeopardized the very existence of their feel-good law."

The lawsuit is based on a federal statute that pre-empts state and local laws regulating the sale of certain firearms. The new law runs directly afoul of that statute because of the way New Jersey's ultra-strict laws sweepingly define firearms. The suit also asserts claims based on the failure of the State Police to implement procedures under the new law, as well as the unlawful rationing of handgun permits by individual municipalities. A copy of the complaint is available
here.

New Jersey's one gun a month law was passed by the legislature in June by a single vote, despite overwhelming evidence that it could be easily circumvented by criminals, failed to address real sources of trafficking, and targeted only law-abiding citizens. Gun rationing laws passed in other states have either been shown ineffective or repealed.

Ironically, the New Jersey law ignores known sources of New Jersey gun trafficking, like the Fedex gun theft ring that stole hundreds of handguns from legal shipments in 2008 and distributed them illegally on the streets of Jersey City and Newark. The law only regulates conduct by law-abiding citizens who have been thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and certified by the State as acceptable to own firearms.
he Task Force into a Task Farce when it came to protecting the Constitutional rights of honest citizens. Their actions forced us to sue, and have now jeopardized the very existence of their feel-good law."

The lawsuit is based on a federal statute that pre-empts state and local laws regulating the sale of certain firearms. The new law runs directly afoul of that statute because of the way New Jersey’s ultra-strict laws sweepingly define firearms. The suit also asserts claims based on the failure of the State Police to implement procedures under the new law, as well as the unlawful rationing of handgun permits by individual municipalities. A copy of the complaint is available here.

New Jersey’s one gun a month law was passed by the legislature in June by a single vote, despite overwhelming evidence that it could be easily circumvented by criminals, failed to address real sources of trafficking, and targeted only law-abiding citizens. Gun rationing laws passed in other states have either been shown ineffective or repealed.

Ironically, the New Jersey law ignores known sources of New Jersey gun trafficking, like the Fedex gun theft ring that stole hundreds of handguns from legal shipments in 2008 and distributed them illegally on the streets of Jersey City and Newark. The law only regulates conduct by law-abiding citizens who have been thoroughly investigated by law enforcement and certified by the State as acceptable to own firearms.
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