NJ Gun Owners Bristle At Possible New Laws

By Katie Colaneri, WBGO News
February 4, 2013

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A portion of the guns brought in from a recent gun buyback in Trenton.

Governor Christie’s NJ Safe task force is set to begin hearings this week to ask what the public thinks is the best way to address gun violence. Gun owners who feel they’re in the minority are getting ready to make their voices heard.

The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs has been closely tracking the number of new gun control bills in the legislature since the beginning of the year.

By their count, more 40 new laws have been proposed – all to prevent another person from falling prey to gun violence.   

Regional Vice President Robert Viden says lawmakers are taking advantage of the tragic shooting in Connecticut to target gun owners.

 “They don’t want me to own a gun, they don’t want you to own a gun and they’ll take any advantage they can to try and attack us.”

Gun control advocates argue they’re not out to take away guns from people like Viden who collect and shoot for sport. But he says some of the laws being proposed, like a ban on 50 caliber guns, would include some hunting rifles and collector’s items.

He says he wants lawmakers to know New Jersey’s laws are tough enough.


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