By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Your voice matters, Save Jerseyans.
Never doubt it.
After many of you let state Senator Gerry Cardinale (R) know you weren’t happy with the narrow scope of his concealed carry legislation, the veteran legislator issued a statement this afternoon announcing his intention to draft a new, broader companion bill:
The introduction of S-1982 created a public ground swell of overwhelming support for extending a similar ‘right to carry’ opportunity well beyond judges and legislators. I have introduced such proposals in the past (such as the ‘Citizens’ Protection Act.’) There was never enough critical mass of public support to move my legislative colleagues to address the issue.
“In light of the public reaction, I am having companion legislation drafted to S-1982 that will allow anyone who passes a background check, similar to that for superior court judges, to likewise bypass the overreaching court-imposed, un-American ‘justifiable need’ provision of our present law.
“I do expect that gun-control extremists will continue to oppose this common sense proposal. For this issue to have a chance for passage, it will require those who support our cause to be as vocal to their own legislators as they have been to me.”