NJ Politicians Skirt Rules & Swap ‘Smart Gun’ Mandates Without Public Notice
Article first appeared at Ammoland.com
Ammoland – The New Jersey General Assembly Thursday held a hearing on smart gun legislation, ignoring its own rules regarding advance public notice.
The Assembly committee held the hearing and then voted on a straight party line to replace its current failed state “Smart Gun” mandate with another one.
The bill introduced by State Sen. Loretta Weinberg, sponsor of the original New Jersey mandate law, will repeal the original mandate and instead force firearms retailers to carry at least one model of an authorized-user technology equipped firearm in their inventory.
It is expected that the legislation will be voted on in the Assembly as early as Monday and then head to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk for his action.
Contrary to false claims made by some anti-gun groups, the firearms industry is not opposed to the development of this technology.
Our industry is opposed to legislation that would either mandate the use of this technology as a one-size-fits-all solution or that would require it to be placed in stores by state law as if that would create demand for it.
Please contact your NJ Assembly member and tell him or her that forcing retailers to carry a smart gun in their inventory is the wrong approach. If a market demand develops for smart guns, consumers will tell retailers that they want the product. Tell them that artificial markets cannot be created by state law and that responsible New Jersey gun owners know how to safely store their firearms when they are not in use.
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