Politicians may listen to their constituents because their job may be on the line if they piss off too many of them. How can we who don't live in NJ help if we call these clowns? I'm willing to do it if there's some reasonable expectation they will listen and react by backing off from A588.
After a massive outcry from the Second Amendment community against A588 (backdoor ammo ban) and A1013 (defacing firearms - unintended consequences), the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee "held" A588 and amended A1013 in response to gun owner concerns.
The effect of holding A588 is to send it back to the drawing board for further review and amendment, and this legislation that would have opened the door to a sweeping ammunition ban will not advance in its present form.
The amendments to A1013 are still under review, but it is very apparent from the actions of the Committee and the on-the-record statements made by its members that the Committee has heard honest gun owners loud and clear.
We will continue to monitor these bills and dozens of others that we are watching and provide early warning of threats to our Second Amendment rights.
And thank you for your calls, faxes and emails to the Committee members!
"The whole of the Bill (of Rights) is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals.... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of." (Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical Society, October 7, 1789)
"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." - George Washington