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Anti-gun lawmakers in Trenton have so far gone silent on pending legislation, ever since hundreds of gun owners packed the Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing on February 28, and thousands called and wrote.

Right after that hearing, ANJRPC's sources in the State House reported that the Assembly bills would be amended in response to concerns raised during testimony, at a second hearing on March 5. That hearing was then postponed until March 8, and was eventually cancelled without explanation. There is only one scheduled day left between now and March 26 (the day the full Assembly is scheduled to vote) when the amendment hearing could be held. If the bills aren't considered on March 26, they most likely will not be considered until May due to the April budget recess.

On the Senate side, no hearings on any of the bills have taken place, despite repeated opportunities to do so. This suggests that the Senate is not in a hurry to take up these bills at this time. Like the Assembly, the next voting session of the full Senate is March 26. If the bills do not move through Senate committee before then, then they cannot be considered by the Senate on the 26th, and the next likely date they could be considered would be in May.

Please stay tuned as the legislative situation unfolds, and stay ready to take action at a moment's notice should the circumstances change. Please watch for updates from ANJRPC and NRA.


Don't miss the March 26th gun owner rally in Trenton sponsored by ANJRPC and NRA. A large turnout is expected. At the rally, we will hear from Second Amendment leaders, pro-gun public officials, and other notable speakers.

It's time for gun owners to speak with one thunderous voice and let lawmakers know we are watching, we are not going away, and we are going to resist legislation that targets gun rights instead of gun criminals every step of the way. Get ready to make history with us!

Date: Monday March 26, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (approx.)

Place: Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, NJ 08608. Alternate address for GPS: 1 West Lafayette Street, Trenton, NJ 08608.

We will assemble on and around the main steps, located on Barrack Street between Memorial Drive and Lafayette Street.

Weather: Rain or shine. Be prepared and dress appropriately for all weather conditions. 

Directions: Click here or here for driving directions from all points.

Parking: The closest parking is at the Lafayette Garage (hotel parking), 1 West Lafayette Street. Other nearby garages include the Trenton Parking Authority, 110 N. Warren Street, and the Trenton Parking Authority, E. Front Street between N. Warren and Broad Streets. Click here for additional parking options. Plan to arrive extra early, as Trenton is expected to be jam-packed that day.

Public Transportation: Direct rail service to Trenton is provided by both NJ Transit (1-800-582-5946) and Amtrak (1-800-872-7245). NJ Transit also provides bus service to and within the Trenton area (many buses stop at the War Memorial, 1 block from the State House; others stop at the train station). From the train station, you can either take a cab, or it's a 15-minute walk to the War Memorial - please plan the route ahead of time if you are taking public transportation and plan on walking!

ANJRPC Buses: ANJRPC is providing a limited number of buses from key locations around NJ. Click here to be redirected to a page (set up by our friends at Gun For Hire) where you can register for one of the ANJRPC buses. To cover a portion of the high cost of chartering the buses, a $10 donation will be collected from each passenger. Note: registration is on a first come, first served basis, seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed, and bus locations are subject to change or cancellation. Additionally, buses leaving Trenton after the rally are anticipated to depart mid-afternoon. There will be additional updates for bus registrants as we get closer to March 26.

Nearby Restaurants & Hotels: Click here for a list of restaurants and hotels in the area. There is also a cafeteria inside the State House Annex called CafĂ© NJ, and other nearby restaurants include Smoke House Bar-B-Q, 11 W. Front Street, Trenton (609-695-1911). We also think it's a good idea for you to plan ahead and have some snacks with you at the rally in case you get hungry or thirsty.

Bathrooms: There will be porta-potties on site, but they may be challenging to access if more people attend the rally than anticipated, and we will not have access to the inside of the War Memorial due to another function there that day. Make sure you use other rest rooms immediately before the rally, and be prepared for the possibility that you might have to wait until the rally breaks up to use the restroom again.

Signage: The only restriction on any signage you might wish to bring is that it cannot be mounted to sticks or posts. That is a NJ State Police requirement, not ours.

Sales Prohibited: No items can be offered for sale at the rally. Again, that is a NJ State Police requirement, not ours.

Antagonists & Hecklers: If anti-gun hecklers and antagonists attempt to disrupt our rally, do not physically engage with them - that is the job of law enforcement. We are there to make a statement - keep your focus on the mission and don't take the bait. Media will be watching.

For those going to the State House after the rally: After the rally ends, you may choose to go to the State House on your own to stop in to the Assembly or Senate galleries to observe legislator voting. Please note the following:

- This activity is not part of the rally and is on your own.

- The State House is going to be very crowded that day and seating in the galleries is extremely limited and cannot be guaranteed. If you do get a seat, you might lose it if you leave it (even to go to the bathroom).

- The voting sessions may not actually begin until after 2:00 pm and could go into the evening (but to get a seat, you'll probably need to arrive much earlier than that).

- If you plan on staying for several hours, we advise that you eat right after the rally and before heading to the galleries. 

- You will have to go through metal detectors to get into the State House, and will be subject to search.

Please watch for additional updates and alerts on the rally.


War Memorial, Trenton, NJ. Be there on March 26th!


ANJRPC has demanded in a lawyer letter that the Lacey Township School District immediately rescind disciplinary actions taken against several students for posting social media photos of themselves near firearms at a target range.
The student handbook in that district provides that students are subject to suspension if they are "reported to be in possession of a weapon of any type for any reason or purpose WHETHER ON OR OFF SCHOOL GROUNDS during the academic year."

A policy that allows suspension of students for exercising a fundamental right off of school grounds is clearly unconstitutional and violates the Second Amendment. A policy that allows suspension for posting a picture of students exercising that fundamental right off of school grounds also violates the First Amendment.

ANJRPC attorney Dan Schmutter penned the lawyer letter, which also demands that the school district rescind its unconstitutional policy, clear the records of the students disciplined, and apologize to the students and their families. Click here to see the letter.

"ANJRPC is prepared to sue if the school district refuses to do the right thing," said ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach. "Schools do not have the authority to chill the First or Second Amendment rights of their students off of school grounds, and this blatant infringement of constitutional rights will not be tolerated."

Kudos to our friends at CNJFO for breaking the Lacey Township story.


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 soon, 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 so your situation can be assessed. If you've previously contacted us, you don't need to contact us again

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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