TRENTON-Democrat legislators in Trenton this week announced a series of bills aimed at reducing the rights of New Jersey gun owners. John Maneri, of Jackson, attended the hearing and spoke out against the legislature’s anti-gun bills in the wake of the Florida school shooting earlier in the month.
“Guns are not responsible for these horrific incidents, it’s the person who pulls the trigger,” Maneri told the New Jersey Assembly.
“I stood in front of the New Jersey Assembly and spoke in opposition to a bill against our right to own and carry firearms via the Second Amendment,” Maneri said. “I support a citizen’s right to firearm possession and believe it is people that hurt people, not the gun.”
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is leading the charge against gun ownership in New Jersey, backed by the Democrat majority in the state senate and assembly.
Among the bills being considered:
* A1217, which creates a specially designated gun violence restraining order effectively allowing family members or others to present a case to a judge to have a person’s weapons seized and prohibit them from buying weapons for up to a year.
* A1181, mandating law enforcement seize a person’s guns if a mental health professional determines they pose a threat to their self or others.
* A2758, which would strictly define New Jersey’s “justifiable need” standard for handgun carry permits, making it tougher for anyone to get permission to carry a handgun unless they can show they face a specific threat to their own safety.
* A1016, creating a commission to determine standards for the sale of “smart guns,” also known as child-proof or personalized guns, which use technology to prevent anyone but the gun’s owner from firing them.
* A2757, requiring all private gun sales go through a licensed dealer who can perform an additional background check at the point of sale.
* A2759, an outright ban on possessing armor-piercing bullets.
* A2761, banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, with some exceptions.