“No One Wants to Take Your Guns, You Paranoid Nut”

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in Legislative | Comments Off on “No One Wants to Take Your Guns, You Paranoid Nut”

Just want a few “common sense” gun control laws, you see. No one wants to take your guns. That’s just crazy talk. Making guns illegal is not a mainstream viewpoint. Certainly no legislature of any US state would ever endorse such an idea:

WHEREAS, under this “individual right theory”, the United States Constitution restricts legislative bodies from prohibiting firearm possession, or at the very least, the Second Amendment renders prohibitory and restrictive regulation presumptively unconstitutional; and

Repeal the 2nd Amendment? Who is seriously proposing that? We’re just for “common sense.”

HR 8 and HR 1112 Up This Week

Posted by on Feb 26, 2019 in Legislative | Comments Off on HR 8 and HR 1112 Up This Week

Gun control bills HR 8 and HR 1112 are up in the US House of Representatives this week. Please see this analysis about HB 8. This is not about background checks. If they had wanted to just address background checks, they’ve had plenty of opportunity to do that, but they keep pushing for a standard where all gun transfers are illegal except under narrow exception. Even lending someone a gun, for instance to pass qualifications at our club, would become unlawful. Currently under Pennsylvania law, loans are permitted between holders of a valid License to Carry. Federal law makes no such exception. HR 8 would also prohibit transfers among type 03 (C&R) FFL holders. It’s a bad bill.

So please, take action. Even the people cosponsoring the bill, like our own Brian Fitzpatrick, need to hear from us.

The H.R. 1112, if you haven’t heard of it, will increase the waiting period under the Brady Act from 3 to 20 days. The default proceed was placed in the Brady Act to prevent the government just halting all gun sales by refusing to conduct background checks. It’s an important safeguard. Also, once it’s 20, it’ll be 30, and then no time limit. All the government has to do is refuse to conduct background checks and no one will be able to buy a gun. This could be done by executive fiat, especially if he or she were to declare an “emergency” on guns, as Pelosi has suggested.

Don’t Believe It Can’t Happen Here

Posted by on Jun 11, 2018 in Legislative | Comments Off on Don’t Believe It Can’t Happen Here

Those of you who live in New Jersey are probably well aware that licensing of gun owners is a ratchet that will always tighten, and never loosen. Even if they don’t technically tighten requirements for the license, each new law takes out more and more gun owners at the margins, until we can’t effectively fight back.

Confessions of an English gun enthusiast:

His license was revoked because of unsubstantiated accusations and because the police didn’t like his YouTube channel promoting shooting.

Final Push to Stop NJ Magazine Ban

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Legislative | Comments Off on Final Push to Stop NJ Magazine Ban

ANJRPC is putting out a final call to try to stop New Jersey from adopting a ban on magazines that hold more than ten rounds.

Please oppose S102 and A2761 (firearms magazine ban), or grandfather my pre-owned magazines.  Don’t make me a criminal, don’t make me a victim, and don’t take my legally owned property!

NJ Senate Majority Office: 609-847-3700   njsendems@njleg.org

NJ Assembly Majority Office: 609-847-3500   asmdemoffice@njleg.org

Governor’s Office: 609-292-6000   To email, click here, select “law and public safety” from the drop-down menu, click “continue,” then select “miscellaneous public safety” from the subtopic drop-down menu, complete the online form and click “send your message” at the bottom of the page.

New Steel Shooting Program

Posted by on Jun 3, 2018 in Club News | Comments Off on New Steel Shooting Program

Falling Plates Indoor RangeThe club is running a new steel shooting program. Please see our new program’s page for details. First match is Wednesday June 6th starting at 6:30PM. This will be the Falling Plate Match. Come out and give it a try. It’s a lot of fun. Bring as many full magazines as you can. The balance between accuracy and speed is hard to achieve, but you’ll enjoy it so much, you won’t even think about how much ammo you’re burning.

The Final Indignity for the Departing New Jersey Gun Owner

Posted by on May 23, 2018 in Legislative | Comments Off on The Final Indignity for the Departing New Jersey Gun Owner

From Evan Nappen, foremost authority on New Jersey gun laws:

Moving out of New Jersey? You still must do a “Change of Address” on your NJ Firearms Purchaser ID Card within 30 days of moving to your new out-of-state residence. (Jersey issues non-resident FPICs.) You may also choose to voluntarily surrender your FPIC. Failure to take action is a crime of the 3rd Degree. Max of 5 years in NJ State Prison for non-compliance. You can be criminally charged and extradited back to NJ.

Remember, gun control isn’t about public safety. It’s about elites sticking it to the unwashed masses and showing them who’s boss. In New Jersey, they want to throw you in prison even if you get sick of it and leave!

Ending Archery in New York Schools

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Legislative | Comments Off on Ending Archery in New York Schools

More evidence it’s not going to stop with giving up AR-15s:

This isn’t about public safety, it’s about humiliating we unwashed masses and showing them who’s boss.

Esquire Magazine: “I want to take your guns.”

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Legislative | 0 comments

For those who believe we can feed AR-15 shooters to the hungry alligators, in hopes that they will eat shotgunners and hunters last, Esquire Magazine publishes a strong dose of reality:

I’m finished trying to reason with you. So now I, a guy who was ambivalent about guns just a few years ago, want to take your guns away. All of them. I want to take them all and melt them down and shape them into a giant sphere and then push it at you so you have to run away from it like Indiana Jones for the rest of your lives. I want Ted Nugent to roam the halls of his gunless house, sighing wearily until he dies. I want to end this thing once and for all, so that all of you who have prioritized the sale of guns over the lives of children have to sit quietly and think about what you’ve done. God help me, I want to take all of your guns out of your hands, by myself, right now.

This is a growing sentiment, and there’s no appeasing it. We hang together, or we hang separately.

Teaching Them Early

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in Legislative | Comments Off on Teaching Them Early

Townships and other local municipalities in Pennsylvania are preempted from passing gun control legislation by state law. So you might wonder why we bother dealing with local municipalities when they start acting against our interests? They can pass ordinances, despite state law, but they cannot legally enforce them. For one, they do often try to enforce them, leaving the gun owner to fight a legal battle with the municipality in the Courts to get the case thrown out under preemption. Lawyers don’t come cheap, even if you ultimately win. Secondly, many local politicians have ambitions for higher office, and if we can squash an anti-gun political career early on, that’s someone we don’t have to worry about running for a higher office where they do have power to pass gun control. Even if you’ll never get an anti-gun politician to see the light, you might at least convince him or her that we’re better off not messed with.

It is with that in mind about a dozen FTRPA members showed up to this Tuesday’s meeting of the Middletown Township Board of Supervisors to send a simple message: we’re watching. It was rumored that the Board of Supervisors would possibly inject another gun control resolution into the agenda as new business, as they did after the Mandalay Bay shooting. The Board ended up not taking action, but Mr. Tosti, who seems to be the Supervisor most channeling Mike Bloomberg, couldn’t help injecting his gun control opinions at the end of the meeting. All in all, I think we sent our message. Previously the Board had considered a resolution lobbying our state lawmakers for gun control. You and I lobby our state legislators all the time with letters and phone calls. Mr. Tosti wanted to lobby them in the name of Middletown Township and use taxpayer money to do so.

I want to thank all the members who turned out. Unfortunately, opponents of the Second Amendment will never give us much of a break. But every little bit members can do can help.

Keith Milligan
Legislative Chair, FTRPA

Explaining The Gun Issue To Your Non-Gun Friends and Family

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Legislative | Comments Off on Explaining The Gun Issue To Your Non-Gun Friends and Family

What the gun control debate sounds like to shooters, in a context most other people can understand. If you don’t like the alcohol context, you can use dogs.

Say it’s become “known” that many drunk driving fatalities are caused by drunk drivers who drank whiskey.Temperance advocates would really prefer to ban all alcohol, and they’ve made serious moves toward those ends in the past. They frequently and not without merit point to all the social problems that alcohol abuse contributes to, especially when there’s high-profile fatalities. But they don’t really have the political power to enact sweeping restrictions.

Instead they latch onto the idea of banning any alcohol that is brown, because whiskey is brown, and at least it’s something. Additionally, it’s only a minority of drinkers that prefer whiskey. They get a bit lucky, and manage to enact their ban on brown spirits.

The distillers switch production to clear liquors, which still gets you just as sloshed as the brown stuff, and the ban accomplishes almost nothing except pissing off whiskey drinkers, the vast majority of whom aren’t problem drinkers and don’t drive intoxicated. The temperance people cry foul, scream “loophole,” and demand clear liquors be banned too, hoping that those absinthe drinkers over there won’t really care if the vodka drinkers get it. The temperance movement makes repeated public assurances that absinthe aficionados should fear not, since they have no intention of targeting green drink, and they’ve always assured beer drinkers they are fine with yellow drink, though in the past they tried to ban beer with more than 3% alcohol.

That’s essentially what this all looks like to those of us, using the analogy, who might be whiskey enthusiasts, but who aren’t alcoholics and don’t drive drunk. We tolerate a lot of social harm in this context because most people drink. There’s an understanding that prohibition wasn’t all that successful, and that it’s not right to punish people as a whole because some misuse it. Transfer that to the gun context, and suddenly prohibition is workable, and it’s fine to blame and punish millions of gun owners and shooters for the actions of people who misuse them.

Keith Milligan
Legislative Chair, FTRPA