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UPDATES: Hearings, Rally & RTC Case
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The hundreds of gun owners who packed the Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing on February 28, and the thousands who called and wrote, have had an impact on the legislative process.

ANJRPC’s sources inside the State House report that there may be a move to amend the legislation in response to the testimony.  The bills that passed out of Assembly committee were originally scheduled to go to another Assembly committee on Monday, March 5, but that action has been put on hold as of this writing.  Also, the upcoming Senate Law & Public Safety Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday March 8 – at which we were anticipating the first round of Senate anti-gun hearings – has been cancelled.

There are limited hearing dates scheduled between now and March 26, when both the full Senate and full Assembly next have voting sessions to send legislation to the Governor.  If the gun bills are not voted on that day, they very likely won’t be voted on until May, due to April budget recess.

ANJRPC is monitoring the situation closely and will issue udpates as it unfolds.  In the meanwhile, it seems that amendments are coming.  This shows how important it is for gun owners to make their voices heard, even when the odds seem insurmountable and the effort feels futile.


ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach being interviewed at Wednesday’s hearing; ANJRPC Executive VP Anthony Colandro testifying; ANJRPC Regional VP Larry Braico testifying.



social media has been abuzz since our announcement earlier this week of a March 26th gun owner rally in Trenton sponsored by ANJRPC and NRA.  In 3 days, over 800 people have said they will attend – and we haven’t even announced details or logistics yet!

The rally has been timed to coincide with the anticipated date that both houses of the legislature will be in full session and voting on the first wave of anti-gun legislation.  The rally will be at the Trenton War Memorial, one block from the State House.

ANJRPC and NRA are planning a morning rally followed by a march to the Senate and Assembly chambers, where we will pack the galleries and make sure legislators know we are watching as they vote.  Plan on spending the entire day.


Please stay tuned for details, which will be forthcoming from ANJRPC and NRA soon.  We do anticipate providing bus transportation from key locations around the state, for those who do not wish to drive to Trenton.

 War Memorial, Trenton, NJ




The February 5 announcement of ANJRPC’s new right to carry lawsuit in federal court sent shockwaves through Trenton, as anti-gun lawmakers realized that their clamor to kill all forms of right to carry is in jeopardy.  NRA is strongly supporting the case.

The State’s response to the lawsuit is due in mid-March, and it is likely that they will move to dismiss the case – to try to kill it in its infancy.  ANJRPC is ready for battle, and intends to take the case all the way to the U.S Supreme Court if necessary.

In the meanwhile, ANJRPC is still looking for additional potential plaintiffs to add to the case.  If you’ve recently been denied a carry permit in New Jersey, please contact ANJRPC as soon as possible at . 

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 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.



Please support ANJRPC as we lead the fight to defend Freedom in New Jersey.  Gun owners are facing a perfect storm in the State House as anti-gun lawmakers abuse their power to target the Second Amendment instead of punishing criminal behavior.

Please support our work to fight back, to advance right to carry, to rally gun owners at this critical time in history.  Join ANJRPC here.   Donate to ANJRPC here.  Subscribe to our free email alerts here.

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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.


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