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March 27 - Two thousand gun owners came from all over the state yesterday to pack the steps of the Trenton War Memorial at the gun owner rally sponsored by ANJRPC and NRA. The rally caused street closures and traffic congestion near the State House as the Assembly prepared to vote on its anti-gun bill package.

Attendees heard from 23 speakers including Second Amendment leaders, legislators, and candidates. Speakers included Anthony Colandro, Evan Nappen, Scott Bach, Bob Viden, Darin Goens, Dan Schmutter, Theresa Inacker, Tony Simon, Dave Rosenthal, and Mark Cheeseman. Legislators who spoke included State Senator Steve Oroho, Assemblymen Michael Patrick Carroll, Parker Space, Hal Wirths, and former Assemblywoman Donna Simon.

The media was out in force at the rally, and coverage was widespread. Here is just a sample:

News 12 NJ: Click here.

New York Times: Click here.

Wall Street Journal: Click here.

Washington Post: Click here.

NJ Herald: Click here





As anticipated, the badly misguided package of six anti-gun bills passed out of the full Assembly on March 26. The legislation is now at a standstill until it is heard in State Senate committee, and then voted on in the full Senate. So far, no action has been scheduled in the Senate. We will publish the complete voting record of every legislator on these bills in a subsequent alert.

A significant amendment to the magazine ban legislation (A2761) was added at an Assembly Appropriations committee hearing last week, after ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach harshly criticized the measure during testimony and warned lawmakers that it would stimulate waves of litigation. The amendment would extend the current practice of exempting large capacity magazines that have been modified to accept ammunition up to the statutory limit. Prior to the amendment, the legislation would have forced gun owners to either destroy, surrender, or sell their magazines. Even with the amendment, the legislation is still unacceptable and will be opposed with all of our resources.

The other bills that passed the Assembly yesterday are:

A1217 (No-Notice Suspension of Gun Rights) 

A1181 (Allows Suspension of Gun Rights by Unaccountable "Health Professionals")

A2758 (Kills Self-Defense) - Cements NJ's unconstitutional "justifiable need" carry permit standard into statute to prevent most law-abiding citizens from ever exercising the right to self-defense with a firearm outside the home. 

A2759 (Bans Ammunition That is Already Banned Federally)

A2757 (Background Checks on Sales That Already Require Background Checks) 

The fight is far from over. Please prepare for Senate hearings later this spring, and for legal challenges down the road. 

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About ANJRPC: The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs is the official New Jersey affiliate of the NRA, and is New Jersey's oldest, largest, and most effective Second Amendment advocacy organization.




February 5—ANJRPC announced today that it has filed suit in federal court to overturn New Jersey’s draconian restrictions on carrying a handgun outside the home for self-defense!

Under New Jersey law, a permit to carry a handgun may be issued only to those citizens who show that they face a unique need for self-defense – such as specific, documented death threats or actual attacks. Ordinary citizens are barred from carrying a handgun outside the home for self-defense, under threat of up to 10 years in prison. The new lawsuit seeks to overturn New Jersey’s carry law on the ground that it violates the Second Amendment. 

Click here to see a copy of the complaint in the case.

In the landmark 2008 Heller decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects the individual right to keep and bear arms for self-protection, and it struck down a District of Columbia law banning the possession of firearms in the home.

“The core Second Amendment right of armed self-defense is just as important to an ordinary New Jersey citizen when she is traveling through a dangerous neighborhood as it is when she is safe in her home,” said ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach. “The Supreme Court has said that the States cannot ban people from keeping firearms for self-defense in their homes, and New Jersey’s restrictions on carrying firearms outside the home will meet the same end.”

Federal courts in New Jersey have previously upheld the State’s restrictions, but the new lawsuit—which was filed in cooperation with the National Rifle Association—asks the courts to take another look at the issue, based on a recent federal decision striking down the District of Columbia’s similar law as flatly unconstitutional. “We thank the NRA for its incredible support and guidance, which made this new lawsuit possible,” continued Bach.

“The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that police have no legal duty to protect individual citizens from harm, which means you’re on your own in an emergency,” Bach continued. “The same government that abandons its duty to keep you safe should not also block your Constitutional right to protect yourself.  Right to carry’s time is coming in the Garden State, and ANJRPC and NRA are at the forefront of that movement.”

Although the lawsuit has already been filed, ANJRPC requests that anyone recently denied a carry permit in New Jersey contact us ASAP at

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About ANJRPC: The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs is the official New Jersey affiliate of the NRA, and is New Jersey’s oldest, largest, and most effective Second Amendment advocacy organization.




               ANJRPC Endorses Scott Bach!

Scott Bach is New Jersey's only sitting NRA Board Member and he is currently running for re-election.

It is critical that we keep Scott on the NRA Board so that NJ has the strongest possible representation at NRA.

NRA voting members will receive their ballots in the next few weeks, either in their NRA magazine or in a separate mailing. Please vote for Scott and send in your ballot ASAP. Voting members are 5-consecutive year members or fully paid life members.

See Scott's Website Here!


Read What Other Leaders Say About Scott

"Scott is an experienced and effective fighter for your right to keep and bear arms. His leadership in the state of New Jersey has been instrumental during Chris Christie's time as Governor and is now needed more than ever with the election of rabid gun banner, Phil Murphy, to the office."


"Scott Bach is one of the greatest fighters for the Second Amendment in the United States."

    - Robert Unkovic, National Co-Chairman, 
      President Donald Trump's Second Amendment Coalition

"Whether he's reinstating much-needed bear hunts or defeating senseless gun bans, every New Jersey gun owner benefits from Scott Bach's dedication to freedom.

     - Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President 

"Bach has the energy of any three other people. When there is work to be done, Scott rolls up his sleeves. When there is a crisis, you can count on him to be there."

     - Alan Gottlieb, Founder, Second Amendment Foundation 

"Scott Bach has been a fierce advocate for New Jersey gun owners, with a significant record of achievement despite overwhelming odds.

     - Chris Cox, Executive Director, NRA-ILA

"New Jersey gun owners owe a debt of gratitude to Scott Bach, their vigilant guardian of 2A rights. Without Scott's tireless efforts, every gun safe in the State would be empty."

     - Evan Nappen, Esq., Gun Rights Attorney and Author

"Scott Bach is truly the behind-the-scenes hero of the 2A resistance in New Jersey."

     - Anthony Colandro, Gun For Hire Radio



In anticipation of proposed New Jersey legislation limiting magazine capacity, ANJRPC has joined a federal legal challenge to "large capacity" magazine bans currently pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Duncan v. Becerra made headlines back in July when a U.S. District Court judge temporarily blocked a California law banning and confiscating firearms magazines holding over 10 rounds of ammunition. Currently on appeal to the infamous Ninth Circuit, the case is already deep in the federal court pipeline and poised to head toward the U.S. Supreme Court. 

By joining a federal magazine ban case already in progress, ANJRPC is ahead of the curve and helping to defeat hardware bans in advance of new legislation in the Garden State.

Read more about the Duncan case here. Read the judge's opinion blocking the ban here. Read the friend of the court brief which ANJRPC joined here.


As the new legislative session begins in the Garden State, gun owners are already starting to react to the flurry of anti-gun bill introductions in Trenton. 

In an exclusive interview with Cam Edwards on NRA TV (click here to view), ANJRPC Executive Director and NRA Board Member Scott Bach sorts out fact from fiction and discusses the importance of strategic opposition to legislation.

Among other things, Bach discusses the importance of focusing the collective power of gun owners like a laser, when and where it is needed most, rather than dissipating gun owner energy by uncoordinated or ill-timed effort.


The following is reprinted from Scott Bach's Executive Director Message in the January-February issue of ANJRPC Member Magazine News & Briefs.

November's election outcome couldn't have been much worse. A national wave of pent-up liberal frustration swept over both New Jersey and Virginia. It was made worse in the Garden State by the vengeance of unions and other key voting blocs hurt by Governor Christie. The end result was loss of the governorship, larger anti-gun majorities in the legislature, and an election night nail-biter for some pro-gun incumbents from traditionally safe districts. 

And now, the aftermath. Higher taxes, impending sanctuary statehood, a taxpayer-funded state bank, and yes - a full frontal assault on the Second Amendment, euphemistically styled as a "conversation" about "common sense gun safety laws." But there will be no conversation, no common sense, and it won't be about gun safety - it will be about targeting the gun rights of honest citizens instead of punishing violent criminals.

We're going to see an aggressive push to limit magazine capacity, ban large caliber firearms, activate the "smart gun" law, tax gun ownership, regulate ammunition, reverse Governor Christie's carry improvements, mandate training, and all manner of schemes and contrivances to limit Second Amendment rights, and to harass and demonize law-abiding gun owners. What we won't see is any meaningful effort to severely punish violent gun criminals, or end the catch-and-release justice system that puts them back out on the street.

New Jersey's gun ban extremists are going to unleash eight years of pent-up frustration in a torrent of attacks that will rival what we saw in 2013. Except this time, the new Governor is all too willing to sign whatever comes his way.

New Jersey gun owners survived Governors Florio, McGreevey, and Corzine. Somehow, we will survive Governor Murphy too, but it's going to take everything we've got - everything. It's going to take our time, our energy, our faith, and our resources. We'll have to do battle publicly, privately, in the media, and in the courts. We'll have to persevere when it seems hopeless, fight when it seems unwinnable, and march fearlessly into battle, over and over, with the odds stacked badly against us.

New Jersey gun owners have done it before, and now we have no choice but to do it again. You have a critical role in these upcoming battles, and that is to make your voice heard, long and loud, throughout the entire process, even when it seems futile (it's not). 

Those who won't see the light must be made to feel the heat - they must be made to understand that we will not give up, we will resist them at every turn, they will have to work hard to gain every inch, and then they will have to work even harder to defend their gains. 

A battle unlike any other is about to unfold. Get ready to Stand and Fight.



                                       Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno (center) joins ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach and 
                                  ANJRPC President Kathy Chatterton at the Association’s Annual Meeting Oct. 15

In an unprecedented event, Lieutenant Governor Kim Gaudagno delivered the keynote address to multiple standing ovations at ANJRPC’s 81st annual meeting and luncheon on Sunday, October 15 at the Grand Summit Hotel in Summit. Guadagno is the Republican candidate for Governor in the November 7 election.

“The Lieutenant Governor’s historic appearance marks the first time that a high-level member of the New Jersey executive branch has addressed an annual meeting of law-abiding gun owners,” said ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach. “We are grateful to Lieutenant Governor Guadagno for making this bold public statement of support of firearms owners and the Second Amendment.”

ANJRPC was inundated with media inquiries about the Lieutenant Governor’s appearance, with one reporter even attempting to gain entry to the meeting despite it being closed to the press.

The meeting was attended by an enthusiastic crowd, including other elected officials and candidates for office. ANJRPC President Kathy Chatterton led the meeting off with a discussion of the Association’s activities and achievements over the past year.

Along with other reports provided by ANJRPC officers and committee chairs, several special reports were given. NRA-ILA Grassroots Coordinator Christian Ragosta outlined what the NRA is doing for New Jersey, including hiring several full-time staff in New Jersey to coordinate grassroots activities leading up to November 7.

Also giving special reports were ANJRPC lobbyist Rob Nixon who presented a legislative report summarizing the current political climate in Trenton, attorney Dan Schmutter who provided updates on the ANJRPC’s Permitting StrikeForce™ and several cases related to gun rights in New Jersey. Assemblyman Anthony Bucco (R25) took the podium to urge attendees to support pro-2A candidates statewide. Other public officials in attendance included Freeholders Deborah Smith (Morris County) and George Graham (Sussex County). Following the reports, the meeting was opened to the audience for a lively Q&A session.

In her keynote address, Lieutenant Governor Guadagno discussed New Jersey Second Amendment issues and a variety of other issues, including taxes, healthcare, banking, and other matters affecting residents of the state.




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Scott Bach, PO Box 651, Newfoundland, NJ 07435


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