BREAKING: Brady Campaign Files Lawsuit to Ban All Guns Other Than Smart Guns in New Jersey

May 19 2014
by GSL Staff
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Screen Shot 2014-05-01 at 5.17.25 PMAs many of you may already know, there is a law from 2002 on the books in New Jersey that basically says once a “personalize gun,” aka a smart gun, is available for retail sale in the United States that it will trigger a ban on the sale of traditional types of firearms and force all guns sold/transferred to be smart guns.

Since the Armatix iP1 is technically available in the US for sale (although no gun stores are currently selling it), the Brady Campaign to prevent gun violence is arguing that the 2002 law should now go into effect.

Basically, the Brady Campaign is arguing that every type of firearm except the Armatix iP1, a .22 caliber, $1800 pistol that only works with an electronic watch, should be the only gun available in the state of New Jersey.

According to NJ.com,

“This is a very straightforward lawsuit. This was an extraordinarily important law that was passed, that was designed to save lives,” said Gregory Little, an attorney for The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, at a Statehouse press conference.

In 2002, New Jersey passed a law requiring all guns sold in the state to be equipped with the “smart gun” technology — which recognizes the gun’s owner and only allows that person to fire the weapon — within three years of when it becomes available for sale in the United States.

Proponents of the law argued that it would prevent children from getting their hands on unsecured guns owned by their parents.

The New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs put out the following press release on the lawsuit this afternoon:

This afternoon, the Brady Campaign and the Million Mom March (Mercer County NJ Chapter) announced that they are filing a lawsuit to force the New Jersey Attorney General to formally report on the public availability of so-called “smart guns.”

The lawsuit is intended to trigger New Jersey’s 2002 smart gun law, which could eventually outlaw the transfer of handguns that do not incorporate the technology.
“New Jersey’s smart-gun law is a dumb as it gets,” said ANJRPC Executive Director Scott Bach.

“It forces you to use an unproven technology to defend your life, and then exempts the state from liability when the gun goes ‘click’ instead of ‘bang.’ If it’s such a great idea, then law enforcement shouldn’t be exempt, and the free market should be able to determine its viability. ANJRPC will spare no effort or expense to prevent this gun ban from going into effect.”

There will be a media frenzy covering this event. The first stories available online as this alert was prepared include the following:
http://www.northjersey.com/news/new-jersey-sued-accused-of-ignoring-2002-gun-law-1.1019058
http://www.nbc40.net/story/25555423/new-jersey-sued-accused-of-ignoring-02-gun-law
http://yubanet.com/usa/Brady-Campaign-Sues-New-Jersey-Over-Smart-Gun-Law.php#.U3pPa7E8EaN

ANJRPC will provide additional details when they are available.

About Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs: The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, Inc. is the official NRA State Association in New Jersey. Our mission is to implement all of the programs and activities at the state level that the NRA does at the national level. This mission includes the following: To support and defend the constitutional rights of the people to keep and bear arms. To take immediate action against any legislation at the local, state and federal level that would infringe upon these rights. Visit: www.anjrpc.org

Personally, I say let the law go in effect. I don’t see this law, which was written before the Heller Supreme Court decision, holding up at all in the courts.

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