Thursday Committee Hearing & Monday Full Senate
Session Scheduled With Minimal Notice
Resolution Intentionally Blocks Self-Defense
By Those Facing Serious Threats
Please Immediately Tell Committee Members
and All State Senators to Oppose
May 4, 2016:
Outraged by the promulgation of State Police regulations making a tiny incremental improvement in right to carry recommended by Governor Christie, Senate Democrats led by Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-37) are fast-tracking SCR101, a legal trick that could kill the new regulations before they are even formally adopted.
Only in the Garden State do lawmakers openly block self-defense by those facing serious threats and tout it as a good thing. And only in the New Jersey does the state constitution contain an obscure provision allowing the legislature to unilaterally kill regulations issued by an entirely separate branch of government in a simple “resolution” that does not require the Governor’s signature to be effective.
Police owe no duty to protect individual citizens – a troubling doctrine repeatedly affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court. That means you’re on your own in an emergency, yet those who wish to take responsibility for their own safety are effectively blocked from doing so by New Jersey’s absurdly (and unconstitutionally) restrictive carry law.
The pending state police regulations recommended by Governor Christie represent a small incremental improvement, allowing those facing “serious threats” to qualify. Anti-gun legislators, who themselves enjoy the armed protection of State House security details, hypocritically are working to block everyone else’s self-defense rights. SCR101 would be more aptly named the Citizen’s Victimization Act.
SCR101 is scheduled for consideration in the full Senate on Monday, May 9, following consideration in the Senate Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee tomorrow (Thursday, May 5).
Please immediately tell all State Senators and all Committee members (listed below) to vote NO on SCR101. Tell them to support the right of those facing serious threats to protect themselves where government has abandoned its obligation to do so.
MEMBERS OF THE SENATE GOVERNMENT, WAGERING, TOURISM & HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMITTEE:
Senator Jim Whelan, Chairman (D-2)
(609) 383-1388 - Phone
Senator Shirley Turner, Vice Chair (D-15)
(609) 323-7239 - Phone
Senator Steve Oroho (R-24)
(973) 300-0200 – Phone
Senator Sam Thompson (R-12)
(732) 607-7580 – Phone