Flawed Gun Law in Oregon Passes

Oregon: House Votes to Pass Deeply Flawed Background Check Bill

Monday May 4, 2015, the Oregon House of Representatives voted against your Second Amendment rights by passing Senate Bill 941 with a 32-28 vote.  SB 941 seeks to expand background checks to private transfers.  During today’s lengthy floor debate, even supporters of the bill recognized the many flaws and shortcomings of this gun law. Despite the concessions, the bill still passed by a narrow margin, subjecting Oregonians to faulty legislation with only inferences of future fixes to come.  The legislators who cast their vote on this gun law in favor did so despite overwhelming opposition from constituents, law enforcement, county commissioners and licensed firearms dealers.  SB 941 now makes a final stop with the Governor’s office where it awaits her signature.  It is critical that Governor Brown hear from you!

Please call Governor Brown TODAY at (503) 378-4582 and urge her to VETO Senate Bill 941.

As previously reported about this gun law, SB 941 would require individuals to appear before a gun dealer to request a criminal background check prior to privately transferring a firearm, absent limited exceptions.  Transfers include, but are not limited to, sales, gifts, loans and leases.  Failure to comply with this mandate could result in stiff penalties and possible loss of an individual’s Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

New Jersey Gun Law News

Handgun ownership deserves second amendment protection under New Jersey gun law. It is a right

Second Amendment Brief Filed Concerning Current New Jersey Gun Law

Evan Nappen, a criminal defense attorney who has focused on New Jersey firearms and weapons law for Handgun ownership deserves second amendment protection under New Jersey gun law. It is a rightover 23 years has filed a brief with the New Jersey Supreme Court concerning a current New Jersey gun law. If heard it will be the first time in 45 years New Jersey will consider Second Amendment rights. The brief argues against New Jersey’s gun laws specifically handgun law: NJS 2C:39-5b

Right now any person who knowingly has in his possession any handgun, including any antique handgun, without first having obtained a permit to carry it as provided in N.J.S.2C:58-4, is guilty of a crime of the second degree.

Nappen argues that today anyone who possess a handgun, even in their home, without a permit to possess (so called – “permit to carry”) do so under a “presumption of illegality.” They must prove they fall under one of the “strictly construed” exemptions listed in N.J.S. 2C:39-6 to establish their innocence. (N.J.S. 2C:39-6e exempts possession in one’s residence.)

Without a permit to possess, the only way to legally possess a handgun in one’s home is by exemption under New Jersey gun law. Individuals, who rely on exemptions, are perpetually at risk of arrest, prosecution and having to prove facts at trial necessary to establish one’s innocence.

The rub is that for a resident to be granted a New Jersey permit to possess a handgun they must demonstrate “justifiable need.” Apparently the requirement is damn near impossible. According to the law, in order to be issued a permit you must be able to:

“specify in detail the urgent necessity for self-protection, as evidenced by specific threats or previous attacks which demonstrate a special danger to the applicant’s life that cannot be avoided by means other than by issuance of a permit to carry a handgun.”

A bit of editorial here – this train of thought is absolutely ridiculous. The fact that New Jersey residents have had this pile of crap shoved down their throats is far from what the founders of this country envisioned. Every New Jersey resident has the right – THE RIGHT – to own a firearm (including pistols) for protection, target practice, hunting, etc not just the “people” judges or politicians deem eligible under current New Jersey gun law. What the great politicians have done is to effect a defacto ban – a ban that needs to be repealed.

All sportsmen/women need to voice their opinion. You need to call your local representatives. Keep in touch with the NRA so that you can follow what is happening. Also, if you care to get your rights back, maybe you should join the NRA and local state gun rights groups so that your opinion will be heard so that this unfair New Jersey gun law is changed.

New California Gun Law for 2014

California has a new gun law coming in 2014 that will require registration of long guns (rifles & shotguns) and it has gun owners involved in rush purchases before January 1, 2014. Previously when someone would purchase a long gun, dealers would destroy personal information on long gun owners after a background check had been completed. Now they’ll register those purchases with the state.

The registry goes into effect on Jan. 1, and would require long gun owners to register their weapons like handgun owners already do. It would track the make, model and serial number of the gun, as well as the person who owns it. Sounds eerily like 1930’s Germany. Make no mistake the fine people that brought the citizens of California this law have a total gun ban as the end result.

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