From: NJGunSmart List [NJGunSmart@TEMSolutions.com]
Sunday, April 07, 2002 1:21 PM
Subject: NJ On Target
Newsletter of ANJRPC
Nancy Ross, Editor
WRITE YOUR STATE SENATOR AND
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR
DON'T SUPPORT THE SMART GUN
BILL - IT'S A GUN BAN
At the end of March, the New Jersey Institute of
Technology demonstrated a "crude prototype" of a smart gun for State Senators at
the request of Senator Inverso, the Republican prime sponsor of the smart gun
bill. NJIT Vice president "Donald Sebastian said that the firearm is "several
years away." NJIT claims that "biometrics are a feasible enabler, but a
great deal of technology development is yet required to create a commercially
viable and affordable weapons system." Their solution is to lobby the State
Legislature and Congress for more funding to develop the technology.
NJIT has hooked up with Smith & Wesson, Taurus International, F. N.
Manufacturing, Inc. (FNMI), Phoenix Arms, and Alchemy Arms to create the
The Smart Gun bill which has been renamed the personalized
handgun bill, could come up for a vote in the State Senate or Assembly as early
as Mary. This bill will permit only the sale of smart guns in New Jersey after
the Attorney General determines that one smart gun is available for sale. The
time is now to write to your legislators and letters to the editor. Here's a
letter from ANJRPC activist Terry Wintrob to the Trenton Times:
I am concerned about one omission and two, uh,
Michael Jennings's March 26 story "N.J. researchers
zeroing in on `smart
The omission that concerns me is that, although the article
"Unauthorized users could not fire the prototype", it does NOT say
AUTHORIZED users COULD fire the prototype.
More importantly, the
article contains two rather blatant lies.
1. "According to federal
statistics, firearms kill 5,000 children a year
in the United
There are no federal statistics showing that
firearms kill 5000 children
per year. According to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention
firearm deaths for
ages 0-19 (including accidents, suicides, homicides, and
unknown") averaged fewer than 3800 between 1997 and 1999 and
only 3385 in 1999. That's a far cry from 5000.
But that's not
even the main lie in that Big Lie. The main lie is that
nearly half of those
3800 were ages 18 and 19. THOSE AREN'T CHILDREN!
18-year-olds can vote, join
the armed forces, stand trial as adults;
Inverso's bill "would mandate handguns sold in New Jersey use
technologies three years after a reliable model is on the
NOWHERE in this bill is it even IMPLIED that the
model must be reliable.
I quote from the bill in question, A700/S890:
"For the purposes of this
section, personalized handguns
shall be deemed to be available for retail sales
if at least one
manufacturer has delivered at least one
of a personalized handgun to
a registered or licensed wholesale
or retail dealer in New Jersey or any other state."
All that's required
is that one gun maker anywhere in the world deliver
one such handgun to any
licensed wholesaler or retailer anywhere in the
U.S. and BAM! The Attorney
General rolls out the ban on NJ sales of
normal handguns. It doesn't even
have to work. All that's required is
that some anti-gun politician or
activist get a license to sell firearms
and then take delivery of some piece
of junk fabricated by his
We're talking about New
Jersey politicians here, so let's not pretend
that something so dishonest and
absurd wouldn't happen.
If you won't publish this letter, will you at
least correct the
misinformation in Jennings's article?
ANJRPC/PAC put out the
following endorsement statement for the 5th Congressional District.
ANJRPC/PAC ENDORSES SCOTT GARRETT AND GERALD CARDINALE
ANJRPC/PAC is endorsing two candidates, Scott Garrett and Gerald Cardinale, in
the Republican primary for the 5th Congressional District. Both are excellent
pro-Second Amendment candidates and will serve our cause well in Congress.
We urge you to support the candidate of your choice.
Gun owners can
always count on Assemblyman Scott Garrett. No matter how controversial the vote,
you can be sure that Garrett will always sided with gun owners. He is one
politician that has never caved into political pressure. Whether it's
opposing trigger locks, opposing raising the age to purchase a gun, or opposing
smart guns, Garrett is a strong defender of the Second Amendment. He is a
prime co-sponsor of our Right-to-Carry bill and is also a sponsor of our Firearm
Safety Education bill. Scott Garrett is a true friend.
Gerald Cardinale was the first New Jersey legislator to introduce the Right to
Carry bill, and has reintroduced the bill in each legislative session.
Last year he won the right of out-of-state police offices who live in NJ to
carry, and he streamlined requirements to carry for retired police
officers. He is a long time friend to gun owners. Cardinale stands by his
convictions, regardless of what others think.
The ANJRPC/PAC feels
confident that either candidate will make an excellent congressman. Make
sure to vote on Tuesday, June 4. We strongly urge you to work on either
Garrett for Congress
PO Box 905
Newton, NJ 07860
or call 888-VOTE-GOP (888)
Cardinale for Congress
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
OWNING A GUN - A LOT SAFER THEN GOING
TO THE DOCTOR!
The following statistics have been floating around the
internet. They make a startling case for why you should never get
Number of physicians in the US: 700,000
caused by physicians per year: 120,000
Accidental deaths per physician...
0.171 (U.S. Dept. of Health & Human
Number of gun
owners in the US: 80,000,000
Number of accidental gun deaths per year (all
age groups): 1,500
Accidental deaths per gun owner:
Statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more
Jersey City Sues Smith
& Wesson, Beretta, Other Gun Makers
New Jersey joined several other
cities in opportunistically suing gun manufacturers including, Smith &
Wesson Corp. (SMWS), Beretta, Glock Corp. and Colt Manufacturing Corp.
Similar suits in Philadelphia, Chicago, Miami, New York, and Camden have been
dismissed. Given the track record, these suits are more harassment than anything
else. The city of Boston became the first city in the nation to voluntarily drop
a lawsuit against the gun industry. Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the city's health
commission acknowledged that going to trial was too
LUONGO GOES TO JAIL
Gerald Luongo, a pro-Second Amendment Assemblyman was sentenced to 13 months in
federal prison according to politicsnj.com 4/3/02. Luongo was convicted of using
township and campaign funds for personal purposes. In 1999, Luongo lost his
re-election to his 4th district Assembly seat, and was defeated for re-election
as Mayor of Washington Township (Gloucester County) in 2000.
BECOMES A LOBBYIST
Former Assembly speaker Jack Collins is now a senior
counsel with Princeton Public Affairs, a lobbying company in Trenton. Collins
was speaker for 6 years and served in the Assembly for an additional 16 years.
After leaving the Assembly, Collins was a consultant for PSEG Nuclear, operator
of nuclear power plants in Salem County. The principals of the Princeton Group
are Dale Florio and Bradley Brewster. According to the Courier Post, Collins
said, "I have been surprised to learn the amount of money that some people who
are lobbyists or consultants make." Collins told the Courier-Post in
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