Though he’s only been gone a month or so, New Jersey gun owners have to be really missing former Gov. Chris Christie.
Sure, Christie was far from perfect on 2A issues, but this new guy, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is a total nightmare.
This week “Murph” met with a bunch of anti-gun chuckleheads, including Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, to talk turkey on ways to undo what little progress Christie was able to make during his tenure. Five bills were discussed at length, everything from codifying May-Issue in the Garden State to criminalizing private transfers to banning mags holding more than 10 rounds.
Here’s a brief synopsis of the bills from the governor’s press release:
- A2761 – Reduces maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds; exempts firearms with .22 caliber tubular magazines from 10 round limitation.
- A2758 – Codifies regulations defining justifiable need to carry handgun.
- A2757 – Requires background check for private gun sales.
- A2759 – Prohibits possession of ammunition capable of penetrating body armor
- A2760 – Revises definition of destructive device to include certain weapons of 50 caliber or greater.
“I want to thank Majority Leader Greenwald for his tireless efforts to bring sensible gun reforms to New Jersey,” Governor Murphy said.
“Together, we can pass the laws that Governor Christie vetoed and reclaim our place as a state that acts on facts and common sense,” he continued. “We must again become a state that values the safety of our residents and communities over the misguided priorities of the gun lobby.
Facts and common sense. Okay. Let’s talk facts and common sense. Facts first. Between 2007 and 2015, the number of concealed carriers in the country increased by 215 percent. Over that same time period, the murder rate dropped by 14 percent and violent crime fell by 21 percent, according to the Crime Research Prevention Center.
Common sense would suggest that empowering more law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms would further increase public safety and reduce crime rates. Right?
Not according to Murphy. The harder it is for one to defend oneself the safer that person is. For it is better to be a victim of violent crime than a preventer of it. Common sense, right?