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Category: Second Amendment

After Ottawa, we must realize that we are the militia

Predictions for what happens next after Ottawa

By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog

Kevin Vickers (Photo credit: Fox News)

Kevin Vickers: Hero! (Photo credit: Fox News)

What happened yesterday in Ottawa is a horrible, terrible act of terrorism. Open, ordered, consensus-oriented Canada has been attacked by a home-grown jihadi who was mentally unstable and had a long criminal record.

A Canadian soldier was killed by a terrorist who shall remain nameless – whether he was a lone gunman or had accomplices is still under investigation –  who was then killed himself by Kevin Vickers, the parliamentary sergeant-at-arms and a retired member of the RCMP. He’s the hero of the day.

Some observations on what will come of this:


NJ NRA Questionnaire Ratings: Belgard Leaves It Blank?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

belgardI’ve been asked by more than a few readers where this year’s New Jersey federal candidates stand on the critical Second Amendment question.

The NRA-PVA isn’t infallible (they endorsed Harry Reid in the past before “breaking up” in 2013) but the organization does important work; here are this year’s ratings for our Garden State races from its official questionnaire.

Four candidates received formal endorsements: Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ-02), Tom MacArthur (R, NJ-03), Scott Garrett (R-NJ-05), and Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07). Lance and Lobiondo were the only recipients of the “Solidly pro-gun” A rating (the NRA’s second-highest designation).

Guess which candidate in a major contest sat on her hands and refused to answer?


CNN Profiles South Jersey’s Shyanne Roberts

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Shyanne Roberts

Shyanne Roberts

10-year old ccompetitiveshooter Shyanne Roberts, a Gloucester County native, has gone mega-viral – perhaps that’s an understatement of sorts – since Save Jersey first posted her Trenton committee testimony back in the spring.

Now she’s quite literally everywhere, Save Jerseyans; this Friday, she was profiled by CNN in a stunningly-balanced look at children and firearms, and Shyanne made the case (without even trying to be political, I suspect, given her age) that gun violence is predominately a cultural problem, one which gun control laws as we currently conceive of them are ill-equipped to address.

“I want to be an inspiration to other kids and be a leader,” Shyanne told CNN. “Kids and guns don’t always mean bad things happen.”

She rocks! And she’s one of our own, so you can support her and keep up with Shyanne’s travels, competitions and pro-2A musings here on her official Facebook fan page.

AG Moves to Avoid Another Shaneen Allen Debacle

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

AG Hoffman's directive will help hundreds - or more - law-abiding citizens.

AG Hoffman’s directive will help hundreds – or more – law-abiding citizens.

Philadelphia mom Shaneen Allen will participate in the Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI) and avoid jail time, Save Jerseyans, which is absolutely the right result for these facts given the state of the law. 

It’s a small but important victory for Second Amendment advocates in the Garden State; what transpired as a result of the case, however, is even more significant.

You can read the New Jersey Acting Attorney General John Hoffman’s 9/24 “clarification” directive here.

I’ll make it brief, but this is big…


My 3 Big Concerns with Holzapfel’s Gun Storage Bill

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Gun SafeMy #2A enthusiasts out there in our Save Jersey growing audience can likely issue spot a few more, but as best as I can tell, Save Jerseyans, there are three major problems with the enhanced penalty for improper storage of firearms legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-10). In no particular order…

1) Is This a Solution in Search of a Problem? Quite Probably…

The primary aim of S-516 is to assign 4th degree culpability to an adult when a child gets his or her hands on a firearm; the charge could reach the 3rd degree if a child is seriously injured or killed. Awful stuff! But how often does it really happen?

Not often (as best as we can tell).


Gun Grabbers Protest Christie in CT

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Chris Christie got this one 100% right, Save Jerseyans, so the bedwetters who protested him in Connecticut on Tuesday will just have to deal. It isn’t hurting RGA-backed candidate Tom Foley who continues to out-poll the Democrat incumbent by a narrow but significant margin not all-too-dissimilar to Christie’s own position back in 2009…

UPDATE: Shaneen Allen Gets PTI

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Shaneen AllenA huge update on the Shaneen Allen saga from NBC 10:

“On Wednesday, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office released a clarification of the 2008 “Graves Act” directive, which deals with incidents in which out-of-state residents who hold a valid permit to carry a firearm in their home state are arrested in New Jersey and charged with illegal possession of a firearm under New Jersey law.”

Read the rest here.


UPDATE: Bramnick Goes to Bat for Shaneen Allen; Christie Won’t Act Pre-Adjudication

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie bridgegate presserUpdate: Our old friend Art Gallagher of MMM reached out to Chris Christie’s front office to see whether he’d intervene in the case now; he was told by the Governor’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, that the pardon power is “only available once a case is adjudicated and upon formal request to the governor for consideration.” It’s an interesting question and, to the best of my knowledge, preemptive pardons are completely acceptable at the federal level with precedent for it going back to 1866. I welcome all of you amateur state constitutional experts out there to dive into Article II Section II.1 and render your own opinion regarding the state of the gubernatorial prerogative right here in New Jersey…

Original: Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick sounded every bit like the seasoned defense attorney that he is is during a snap press conference at the State House on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, speaking out in favor of a GOP bill that would grant greater judicial discretion in situation analogous to that of Philadelphia mother Shaneen Allen.  


(UPDATED): Atlantic County Prosecutor Reconsiders Shaneen Allen Case?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog


Shaneen Allen’s attorney Evan Nappen fills in NRA News on a promising development – and expresses cautious optimism – surrounding his client’s ongoing legal saga in Atlantic County:


Unequal Justice in Atlantic County

By Irwin Fletcher | The Save Jersey Blog

Shaneen Allen and family (left) and Ray Rice (right): why does Atlantic County's Prosecutor think she's more dangerous?

Shaneen Allen and family (left) and Ray Rice (right): why does Atlantic County’s Prosecutor think she’s more dangerous?

Most of America was rightfully shocked and angry on Monday, Save Jerseyans, they they got their first look at the leaked video of Ray Rice knocking his (now) wife unconscious with one vicious and cowardly act in a Revel elevator.

Now Rice is shut down… not unlike the Revel. And understandably, after seeing this video, most of America has questions about not the incident itself but the aftermath. Like why the hell is Ray Rice not in jail right?

The answer is because Jim McClain, Atlantic County’s Prosecutor, decided to let Ray Rice into a pretrial intervention program (PTI), a one year class which will allow Rice to avoid jail time AND have all charges dismissed. Who he thinks DOES NOT qualify for PTI is equally interesting.

Let’s break this down step-by-step. Here are McClain‘s thoughts on the PTI decision, according to the Press of Atlantic City (via Fox News):


Youth and Guns in America

By James Pezzullo | The Save Jersey Blog

1946 Rifle ClubI’ve talked before about young people and their distrust for government and authority in general, Save Jerseyans. At length.

Raised on the Internet whereas our parents were reared on fixed-scheduled Saturday morning cartoons, we’ve come to place a high value on our freedom of choice – real freedom, not only from oppressive government action but from social taboo and cultural norms – above all other things, up to and including life.

On the flip side, we don’t know what a pre-9/11 world looks like. Red light cameras, metal detectors at every turn, heinous airport security – these things are completely normal to myself and my peers, because we’ve never seen a world without them.

You might think that the under-30 crowd may simply have buckled to these authoritarian practices, and it is now desperately grasping for whatever scraps of individual liberty are left. But as it turns out, there is hope – youth have been showing signs of life on turning back the clock on an important issue: gun control.


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…