New Jersey Republicans fired back at federal and state-level gun control measures in the wake of recent mass shooting events.
State Sen. Steve Oroho was joined by 24th Legislative District colleagues Assemblymen Parker Space and Harold Wirths in blasting President Joe Biden’s recent press conference on gun control proposals.
Additionally, they questioned his decision to nominate David Chipman to be Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), citing his work with gun control initiatives backed by Michael Bloomberg and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
“Mr. Chipman has worked for anti-Second Amendment organizations headed by Bloomberg and Giffords and recently supported the efforts of anti-freedom governors to shut down lawful firearms sales during the first days of the pandemic,” the state legislators wrote in a press statement. “His agenda is to make criminals out of law-abiding citizens and we reiterate his nomination should be rejected.”
Gun Control Agenda
Oroho was joined by colleague State Sen. Michael Testa (R-1) in arguing the recent gun control initiative announced by Gov. Phil Murphy’s was nothing more than a “smoke screen” that failed to address violent crime.
“Rather than going after the bad guys and taking criminals off the street, Murphy wants stricter measures that threaten to turn many good people into felons. This may be only the beginning of an all-out assault on legal firearms owners,” said Oroho.
The program would ban purchase of rifles and shotguns by those under the age of 21. Additionally, it would require out-of-state gun-owners to obtain firearm purchaser IDs and register their guns after moving into the state.
Murphy Misses on Gun Control
“The Second Amendment and private gun rights are threatened now more than ever with a President who has publicly stated his disdain for the sacred constitutional protections afforded by our Bill of Rights,” Testa added. “Make no mistake, they are infringing on the rights of law abiding gun owners.”
State Sen. Michael Doherty (R-23) noted a push for stricter gun control in New Jersey was simply a ruse to distract from the Murphy Administration’s failures during COVID-19.
“Unfortunately for the governor, he can’t escape his record of shutting down businesses unnecessarily, destroying two-million jobs, and mismanaging the unemployment system and MVC,” said Doherty.
Protecting Rural Families
Doherty noted the state has the second strictest gun laws in the country, and the third-lowest rate of gun deaths, according to the Giffords Law Center.
The Senator argued Gov. Murphy’s restrictions would simply burden legal gun owners who don’t commit crimes, while putting rural families at increased risk.
“I spoke recently with a constituent from a rural community who was the victim of a home invasion,” said the State Senator. “After he called for help, it took the State Police half an hour to arrive. Governor Murphy doesn’t seem to understand that many rural New Jerseyans have only themselves to depend upon in emergencies.”