Yesterday, NJ Governor Chris Christie took one big step for gun control and one step back from being a potential 2016 presidential contender.
Christie signed 10 gun laws into effect and left a few of the more controversial laws tabled for now. Of the laws he signed, 2 of them stand out as particularly troubling to gun rights supporters like us.
These 2 bills would prevent anyone who is on the terror watch list from buying a gun and puts stricter requirements on reporting for mental health issues. On the surface these laws may look like a good idea, but that’s only to the simple minded. Because we have no idea how names are added to the terror watch list, how many names were wrongly put on the list, or how names can be removed from the list, this allows the government a complete overreach without the due process of law.
This means that if somehow a gun owner who has “too many guns” and happens to be conservative and is added to the list, he has no hope of fighting it. His gun rights will be stripped and no court on earth can help him.
Everything is undisclosed and the feds are able to keep their information from the public, which gives their reasons for adding names to the list from the scrutiny of the voting public.
And with regards to stricter requirements on reporting mental health issues, there have already been incidents of doctors falsely reporting patients who in turn have their gun rights taken away. We just reported on David Sarti who had his right to buy or own guns taken away
Any doctor who happens to be anti-gun may conveniently find issue with you owning a gun, and with reports of doctors being able to question children about their parent’s guns without the presence of a parent, this is a very real scenario. Remember, the anti-gun groups are not just going to ban all guns outright. They are going to use more surreptitious means like terror watch lists and “mental health issues” to get the ball rolling for gun control.
A NJ.com report said that gun supporters are still concerned with some of the remaining gun bills the Governor has yet to sign:
“Of the ten bills signed today, we supported two, opposed two, and were neutral on the remaining six,” said Scott Bach, executive director of the New Jersey Association of Rifle and Pistol Clubs. ” We are most concerned about what the Governor will do on 3 bills on which he took no action today — the Sweeney “kitchen sink” bill that attacks gun rights and does nothing to prevent crime; a ban on $10,000 rifles used by wealthy hobbyists; and a bill that would mandate that the State Police disclose law enforcement data in violation of federal law.”
We will see what Christie does with the remaining gun bills, but if he really expects to deserve the vote of the American gun owner, he is not doing a very good job. What do you think of Christie’s decision? Leave a comment below: