When anti-gun lawmakers in New Jersey signed a “smart gun” bill into law in 2002 they probably thought they were making great strides towards limiting 2nd amendment rights and pushing for more stringent gun control.
The 2002 law mandates that once “smart guns” are made available anywhere in the US market New Jersey gun shops must STOP selling traditional firearms and ONLY sell “smart guns” within 3 years. Yes, this means in NJ you would not be able to walk into a gun shop and buy a non “smart gun” if this happened.
But the controversial law has done nothing but motivate supporters of 2nd amendment rights to make sure no “smart guns” are sold anywhere in the US. Standing behind NJ gun owners, pro-gun supporters across the United States have vehemently opposed smart gun technology as it is unreliable and a subtle form of gun control.
And on top of that gun owners don’t like to see their fellow American’s losing their 2nd amendment rights. After all, if one state bans the sale of traditional firearms, it won’t be long until another state enacts the same laws. Any anti-gun law in the US hits too close to home.
But now an anti-gun lawmaker is wanting to reverse the law because she sees how it has thwarted “smart guns” from entering the US market place. New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg said in an interview with MSNBC that she will introduce a bill that reverses the 2002 smart gun bill IF the NRA agrees to embrace “smart guns” and stop impeding the progress of this anti-gun agenda.
We have reported at least 2 instances where gun shops in the US wanted to sell a “smart gun” and faced such tremendous backlash from the gun community that they either pulled the guns from the shelves, gave up on the idea of selling them, or even denied ever selling the guns in the first place.
One gun shop owner in Maryland just last week said he would not sell the Armatix iP1 after so much opposition from gun owners, and another gun shop in California removed the “smart guns” and all evidence of selling them after tremendous backlash a couple months ago.
“I would never buy a gun from a retailer that does anything to hurt pro 2A causes. These guys do,” wrote one commenter on the Facebook page of Engage Armament LLC, who planned to sell the Armatix smart gun before changing his mind.
These gun shops realized that selling the controversial guns would pretty much put them out of business as gun supporters promised to boycott the shops and do everything they could to make sure these guns would not be sold and trigger a gun ban in New Jersey.
Senator Weinberg is beginning to realize that the anti-gun law that is supposed to limit 2nd amendment rights is actually giving pro-gun supporters more motivation to uphold these rights.
According to MSNBC, Weinberg said she will seek to change the 2002 law because it is stopping “smart guns” from entering the market place.
“If, in fact, the NRA will make a public commitment to not stand in the way of the manufacture, distribution or sale of any gun that is limited by technology to the use of only its owner,” Weinberg said, “then I will ask the New Jersey legislature to amend the law.”
Weinberg said she was taking the position in an attempt to meet smart gun opponents “right on their own ground,” since “whatever goalposts they set for you, they move them.”
“I have never been involved in an issue that results in the kind of vitriolic pushback that I get both personally and professionally when I’m involved in something as simple as gun safety,” she added.
By the way, the Armatix iP1 “smart gun” works with a watch that the user must wear for the gun to fire. The watch must be 10 inches from the gun in order for it to fire. So providing there are no battery malfunctions or technical problems to inhibit the “smart gun” from working (technical issues hardly ever happen, right?), the gun should perform perfectly.
Unless of course the gun happens to be in your other hand because of a scuffle, or you forgot to wear the watch, or the watch got bashed in the confrontation, or the thief takes your watch and your gun, or your spouse or friend needs to use the gun after a break in, or…. you get the idea.
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