Tell the NJ Assembly Committee Members to Severely Punish Anyone Who Commits Violent Acts Against a Partner, Instead of Inventing New Ways to Harass and Intimidate Gun Owners, Which Makes No One Safer.
The New Jersey Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee is scheduled to consider A4218, revising the state’s domestic violence laws, on Monday, June 1 2015 at 1:30 p.m.
Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs ( ANJRPC ) strongly condemns anyone who commits violent aggressive acts against a domestic partner, and believes that such a person should not have access to firearms, and should be punished as severely as possible. Federal law currently provides for this, and New Jersey’s existing domestic violence law is already one of the toughest in the country.
On the surface, A4218 seems well-intentioned. But instead of focusing on increasing the severity of punishment for those who commit actual violent acts, the legislation seems obsessed with harassing and intimidating anyone who owns firearms and is also accused of domestic violence, even where no actual violence has occurred – which is often the case under existing New Jersey law.
Among other things, A4218:
Allows for forfeiture and destruction of firearms without a due process forfeiture hearing and without compensation, even where the firearms are unrelated to the act complained of, in violation of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Criminalizes the failure to surrender a registered firearm even if that firearm has previously been sold or stolen!
Compels gun owners to waive their Fifth Amendment rights (against self-incrimination) under threat of criminal penalty, within a 48-hour time frame.
Mandates the surrender of firearms within an absurd 24-hour time frame, even during weekends and holidays when dealers are closed and cannot accept them.
Allows law enforcement to charge unspecified “fees” for the storage of seized firearms, even where a person is cleared of charges, creating de facto forfeiture without due process when the fees cannot be paid!
Fails to punish those who make false domestic violence allegations to gain tactical advantage in divorce cases, or out of spite, and fails to provide relief or a rights restoration process for those victimized by false allegations.