In a previous post, we discussed the current New Jersey gun laws regarding
assault weapons. The state stands out from some others, including its
surrounding states, by having a ban against assault firearms like the
one used in Connecticut. Some gun control advocates in the state argue
that a national ban is required in order to truly reduce the risk of violence
caused by such dangerous weapons.
And according to recent reports, New Jersey lawmakers against legal assault
weapons might try to send a message to stores that sell such weapons by
hitting them where it hurts: in their bottom lines. New Jersey might not
be able to convince every other state to ban assault firearms, but it
can try to impact the mindset of the stores nationwide that make the guns
CBS Philly reports that Essex County State Senator Richard Codey backs
the idea to get out of pension plans that have investments with businesses
such as Wal-Mart, Dicks Sporting Goods and any other large retailers that
may not make assault weapons but still help get them in people's hands
by selling the guns.
This is a bit of a different lawmaking tactic compared to a statewide weapons
ban. If this investment idea becomes law in the state, it won't have
a significant impact on the gun rights of New Jersey residents. They still
will be prohibited from owning an assault firearm and have to be licensed
to have guns. The pension plan proposition merely affirms the fact that
New Jersey takes firearms very seriously.
Our law firm can help someone facing a
weapons charge, whether it is the result of owning a prohibited firearm or simply having
a weapon while allegedly committing another crime.
Source: CBS Philly, "NJ May Go After Assault Weapon Manufacturers And Retailers," David Madden, Dec. 24, 2012