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N.J. Gun Laws: Draconian and Scary

By Synnove Bakke | The Save Jersey Blog

Shaneen AllenIn case you haven’t heard, Save Jerseyans, Philadelphia mother Shaneen Allen is looking at mandatory prison time of minimum 3 and maximum 11 years in prison. For what crime? It’s alleged that she mistakenly entered New Jersey with a legal handgun in her possession on October 1, 2013.

The reported facts: Shaneen was pulled over for a traffic violation (unsafe lane change) and immediately informed the officer that she had that handgun in her possession; she also made it clear that she’s legally permitted to carry a concealed firearm in Pennsylvania. Shaneen was nevertheless arrested and spent 46 days behind bars. Superior Court Judge Michael Donio subsequently denied a motion by her lawyer to overturn a decision denying Allen permission to participate in a pretrial intervention program which would’ve enabled her to avoid jail time.


Bloomberg: Israel Can Defend Itself But You Cannot!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I agree with former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the “question” (how it’s up for debate is beyond me) of Israel’s right to defend itself, Save Jerseyans, an action that he’s backed up by finding his way to Israel’s second most populous city in the midst of Gaza rocket attacks despite an FAA ban on U.S. air traffic.

But the hypocrisy of America’s leading billionaire is stunning given his ongoing campaign to prevent Americans from being able to defend themselves with legally-purchased firearms… don’t ya think?

The mind of a statist never ceases to amaze and terrify me in equal measure.


Challenging the “Meeting Parents” Myth

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie once again defended his magazine ban veto on Monday, Save Jerseyans, fending off a horde of hungry media ghouls during a campaign swing in Connecticut on behalf of the RGA’s gubernatorial candidate:

Can I be brutally frank with you for a moment? As if you expected anything less…


Time for Gun Grabbers to Come Up for Air

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

gun controlNothing’s sacred anymore, Save Jerseyans.

We saw further proof of that age old adage over the past week following the tragic death of Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago.

This young man wasn’t the first law enforcement professional to die in the line of duty; he may be the first to have an alleged murderer who was memorialized in both real life (and Facebook world) in the immediate wake of the fatal shooting and leading to plenty of outrage here in New Jersey and around the country.

Disgusting though it might be, the act of lionizing a suspected cop killer perhaps isn’t as troubling as the underling cultural rot that it signifies… and millions of Americans’ blindness to it…


Governor Christie was right to veto gun magazine bill

By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog

chris christie press conferenceGov. Christie was absolutely correct in vetoing the Legislature’s magazine-limit bill, despite Sandy Hook-parent Hugo Rojas’ protestations to the contrary. The bill was not only trivial, but it was cynical to boot since it did nothing but regurgitate the long-standing agenda of gun control advocates in New Jersey without addressing what really was at the heart of the Newtown, CT tragedy: defenseless children and teachers left at the mercy of a deranged individual who should have been locked up.

If you want to solve problems, the first key is correctly identifying them, not trotting out tired, politically correct memes that pander to sentimentality. It’s obvious that a big problem at Sandy Hook – a problem lawmakers in New Jersey ignore and perpetuate today – is defenseless schools.

Another problem is the hands-off attitude taken by local and state officials and law enforcement against mentally ill people who, like Adam Lanza, have a long, documented and scary track record of violent behavior yet are allowed to walk the streets.

Ignoring the real problems in favor of political pandering is what the Legislature did with the magazine-limit bill. Gov. Christie was right to veto it, and Mr. Rojas’ is mistaken in his criticism. 

Christie Stands By Mag Ban Veto

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie didn’t attempt to walk-back his 10-round magazine limit bill veto decision in Keansburg on Monday, Save Jerseyans, relying on something that supporters of conservative policies all-too-often overlook: the emotion argument…


Christie Rips Apart N.J. Mag Bill

Christie vetoes gun control legislation, Re-writes bill as mental health reform measure

By Art Gallagher |

Calling a bill that would have reduced permitted ammunition magazine sized from 15 rounds to 10 “reform in name only,” Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed A2006   this afternoon.

In his conditional veto message, Christie said the bill follows the well worn path of empty rhetoric, political self-promotion and polarizing intolerance in the face of violent crimes committed with guns:

“Difficult choices are brushed aside
in favor of empty rhetoric. Uncomfortable topics are left
unexplored, while easy soundbites and videoclips are packaged
for consumption. Appropriate empathy for victims, and their
suffering survivors, blurs with politics and elected officials’
self-promotion to create a polarizing intolerance. We ignore
the hard for the expedient, the controversial for the safely
familiar, and the costly for those cheaply recycled answers that
never really address the root causes.”

Christie sent the legislation back to the General Assembly as a bill that he says addresses violence by fixing critical short comings and crack in the mental healthcare system.

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You Know What This Ad Proves?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

…that liberals shouldn’t own guns, Save Jerseyans. Nothing more, nothing less.


The Two-Minute Anti-Mag Ban Argument

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

We can (and have) given you a thousand constitutional, fact-based, logical arguments AGAINST the 10-round magazine legislation currently burning a hole on Governor Chris Christie’s desk, Save Jerseyans, and he milks every last second of his remaining couple of weeks of decision-making time. But sometimes those of us who try to reason our way through public policy debates forget that a strong plurality of our fellow citizens simply react to stuff; their decisions are emotional, and they regularly reelect politicians who know how to manipulate those emotions.

So here’s the best 2-minute emotional (yet also entirely accurate) anti-magazine ban argument that you’ll find out there on the vast, untamed Internet:

And unlike global warming, Save Jerseyans, home invasions and analogous gun crimes don’t result in human fatalities only within the creative confines in a Hollywood studio… just sayin’…


Rooney vs. Codey On ‘Gun Restraining Orders’


chasing nj rooneySecond Amendment Alert, Save Jerseyans:

Our Blogger-in-Chief Matt Rooney took a critical approach state Senator Dick Codey’s proposal for “gun restraining orders” on Monday night’s edition of Chasing NJ. Matt was interviewed back-to-back with Codey, the primary sponsor, and a career opponent of #2A rights in the Garden State.

Check it out below our fold….


N.J. Assembly Mag Ban Roll Call

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

NJ Assembly ChamberI promised to follow up with the roll call from last week’s Assembly magazine ban concurrence vote, Save Jerseyans, so here it is while we wait for Governor Christie to make a move:

One again, Asm. Christopher J. Brown (R-8) of Burlington County was the sole Republican YEA vote, while Democrats Bob Andrzejczak (D-1) of Cape May County, John Burzichelli (D-3) of Gloucester County and Celeste Riley (D-3) of Cumberland, the latter two being the district mates of magazine ban champion Steve Sweeney, voted against the bill. 

Two Democrats - Shavonda E. Sumter (D-35) and Pam Lampitt (D-6) – didn’t vote.

The official roll call is re-posted below the fold…


NJ Assembly Adopts Amended Mag Ban

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

magazineThe amended New Jersey ammo magazine ban passed 44 to 34 in the Assembly on Thursday afternoon, Save Jerseyans. Not that we’re surprised.

I’ll get you a roll call ASAP so you know who to vote for (and against) in 2015.

All eyes now turn to Governor Chris Christie who has 45 days from today to act…

Click here to contact the Governor’s office.

Will He? Or Won’t He?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

chris christie cpacI used to be decent at predicting what he’d do next, Save Jerseyans, but these days there’s no telling what’s going to come out of the Christie Administration front office. Vetoing a wildly-unconstitutional ammo magazine ban which may soon be burning a hole on his desk makes sense from both a policy and political perspective. It also happens to be the right thing to do! But as the 45-day deadline to a decision ticks down (a toll which begins from the date that the Assembly adopts amended changes), and there’s still no indication of when he’ll decide (or how he’ll decide)… 

Like I said, your guess is as good as mine. Anxious 2A backers everywhere are watching and waiting.

While we wait, New Jersey’s resident competitive shooting star (no pun intended), 9-year old Shyanne Roberts, spent a day at a North Jersey range with our friends from Chasing New Jersey to discuss how the legislation would impact her budding career…


In NJ, Carson Speculation Rises

Ben Carson (left) with state Senator Joe Pennacchio (right).

Ben Carson (left) with state Senator Joe Pennacchio (right).

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Dr. Benjamin Carson stole the show at Friday night’s annual New Jersey Right to Life banquet in New Brunswick, Save Jerseyans, in a packed Hyatt Regency ball room of activities, donors and legislators, too.

The timing couldn’t have been better for attendees; only one day prior to the event, Dr. Carson told the Weekly Standard that he’s seriously considering a 2016 presidential run.

“She just kept clinging to my hand and said, ‘You have to run. You have to run,’” Carson told veteran conservative commentator and journalist Fred Barnes. “And so many people tell me that, and so I think I’m starting to hear something.”

The renowned surgeon’s pro-life credentials are considered rock solid. Any opposition is likely to come from Second Amendment advocates after Dr. Carson declared back in March 2013 that the right to own semi-automatic weapons “depends on where you live.”

GOP Leaders Condemn Mag Limit Bill

Kean: “Criminals and Terrorists Do Not Follow Our Laws”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom Kean Jr.The New Jersey State Senate passed S993 on Monday by a largely party-line vote of 22-17, Save Jerseyans, approving its own version of wildly-unconstitutional legislation reducing magazine capacity in the Garden State from 15 to 10 rounds. [Note: the Assembly version is A2006.] Steve Sweeney’s chamber also passed A2777, a companion bill designed to dramatically limit residents’ ability to transport firearms, by a similar margin of 21-17.

One silver lining? The Senate GOP came out strong against it.

Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. told his Facebook following that he voted against S993 “…because criminals and terrorists do not follow our laws and will not reduce their magazines from 15 rounds to 10 rounds; This bill does nothing to improve public safety, distracts from the productive solutions of tackling mental health and illegal gun trafficking and subjects our responsible and caring friends and neighbors to jail time for no good reason.”


Cobb Testifies Against Mag Limits

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Photo credit: Cobb for Congress campaign

Photo credit: Cobb for Congress campaign

He’s running for federal office this year, Save Jerseyans, but Philadelphia Eagle-turned-media personality Garry Cobb took his CD1 GOP campaign to the New Jersey State House on Monday to speak out against gun control legislation designed to limit magazine capacity to 10 rounds.

An added bonus? The presumptive CD1 Democrat nominee, Donald Norcross, is the committee’s chairman, affording the front runner candidates a rare opportunity to stare each other down outside of the parameters of a debate or chance fairground meeting…

Here’s the text of Cobb’s testimony:


Drake News Deflates #2A Backers

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

U.S. Supreme CourtNearly half of the states in the Union stepped up to challenge New Jersey’s woefully unconstitutional anti-concealed carry gun control law, Save Jerseyans, but the U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant certiorari in the Drake v. Jerejian matter on Monday, dealing a heavy blow to Second Amendment enthusiasts in our home state and beyond.

They had hoped that the narrowly-leaning conservative High Court would seize upon the opportunity to expand upon its landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision.

No such luck. Not this time around.