Just weeks after Governor Christie pocket vetoed last session’s “smart gun” bill sponsored by State Senator Loretta Weinberg (D37), this session’s newly introduced version of the exact same bill (now numbered S816) sailed through committee in a straight partisan vote on January 28 and is now scheduled for a vote in the full Senate on Thursday, February 11.
While S816 would roll back the ban on conventional handguns from New Jersey’s 2002 “smart gun” law, the bill is badly tainted because it swaps in a new mandate in its place, forcing every New Jersey firearms dealer to stock and display smart guns for sale – essentially compelling market acceptance of the technology instead of letting the free market decide.
The effort to coerce smart guns onto the market by bullying dealers suggests that politicians will be back with their ban on all conventional handguns soon after an artificial market for the new and unproven technology has been created.
For key background on the smart gun issue, and why this legislation is so dangerous, please see ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach’s recent editorial in The Record on the subject, and see this detailed ANJRPC alert on the subject from late last year.
It is important that both our legislative friends and foes keep hearing from gun owners on this issue.
PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE NJ STATE SENATE AND TELL THEM TO:
1. Amend S816 to remove the mandate on gun dealers;
2. Amend S816 to require the exclusive use of smart guns for all State House and legislator security details;
3. Repeal the provision of the existing smart gun law preventing politicians and the government from being sued if mandated smart gun technology fails; and
4. Publicly pledge that they will never support or encourage a ban on conventional handguns in the future.
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