A gun-control bill which passed the New Jersey State Assembly and is headed to the Senate is aimed at putting potential presidential-hopeful Gov. Chris Christie square on the bulls-eye.
Labeled A2006, it bans magazines which hold more than 10 rounds and classifies tubular-fed .22 caliber firearms as assault rifles. If it passes the upper chamber, despite vehement opposition from New Jersey gun owners, then Christie faces a far-reaching dilemma: Sign it as reflected in the will of the state’s representatives, or veto it and allay the fears of the nation’s conservatives, many of whom are staunch Second Amendment supporters, according to the Washington Times.
Testifying before the Law and Public Safety Committee on March 13, firearms training center Gun for Hire owner, Anthony P. Colandro, told lawmakers that he would not comply with the bill, regardless, according to Liberty Unyielding.
“Have you guys seen what is happening in Connecticut right now?” he asked. “One million gun owners in New Jersey are also gonna say like our brothers and sisters in the north, that we will not comply. And I can tell you here and now, I will not comply.”
Colandro explained that his center owned more than $50,000 worth of guns with large magazines. “Who exactly is going to compensate me if they suddenly become illegal?” he asked.
Nonetheless, the committee and the assembly voted along party lines to pass the measure. A companion bill in the Senate has yet to emerge from committee.
Executive Director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, Scott Bach, told the Washington Times how the Democrats targeted the bill. “They want to put Gov. Christie in a corner if he runs for president and keep the negative headlines coming…But New Jersey gun owners are tenacious and resisting with everything they’ve got.”
As legislatures in Connecticut and New York have recently learned, when you mess with firearms owners, you do so at your own peril.
Watch Colandro’s testimony here:
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