House passes Conceal Carry Reciprocity, Smith and Pallone vote No

The U. S. House of Representatives passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 today, 231-198 with six Democrats voting ‘Aye.’  Fourteen Republicans voted against the bill, including Chris Smith and Leonard Lance of New Jersey.  Congressman Frank Pallone, who along with Smith represents Monmouth County, voted against the bill.

“Today, the House took action to protect our citizens’ Second Amendment rights,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in a statement. “The truth is that concealed carry laws save lives. Right now, current law creates confusion for people who cross state borders with a lawful concealed carry permit. The legislation passed by the House today ensures that people who carry their legal firearm across state borders are protected under the law.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: December 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, Frank Pallone, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie Commutes Marine Veteran’s Sentence For Gun Conviction

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Hisashi K.D. Pompey, Marine veteran from Virginia convicted under New Jersey’s draconian gun laws of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, will not have to report to State Prison on Monday.  Governor Chris Christie commuted Pompey’s sentence to time served today.

Pompey was arrested on December 16, 2011 and convicted in 2013, according to the Governor’s Order. According to published reports, Pompey brought his gun, which was licensed in his home state of Virginia, into a Fort Lee nightclub.  A friend took the gun from the Marine’s holster. No shots were fired and no one was injured.

Pompey was facing a 5 year prison term with a provision that he serve a minimum of three years.

Pompey’s application for a full pardon is still under review by the Governor’s Office, according to Chief Counsel Gregory Acquaviva’s letter to his attorney, Evan Nappen of Eatontown.

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Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Gun Rights, Guns, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Federal Charges Filed Against Millstone Gun Owner

John Lafergolo, 52, of Millstone appeared in federal court in Trenton this morning on charges that he possessed 36 machine guns, which are illegal to possess in the United States, according to a state by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman’s Office.SuomiM31_Orig

Lafergola was arrested at his Millstone home following a domestic violence incident on October 5, 2014.

According to the 2014 complaints Lafergola pointed a black 5.7X28mm Fabrique Nationale Herstal handgun model Five Seven at the victim. It is alleged that while Lafergola was pointing the handgun at the victim, he stated “I’ll blow your f***ing brain’s out”.

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Posted: January 5th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gun Rights, Guns, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Federal Charges Filed Against Millstone Gun Owner

Obama announces crackdown on gun purchases, but it illustrates the limits of his office

Obama addressWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama launched his unilateral attempt to crack down on illegal gun purchases on Tuesday, blaming the “constant excuses for inaction” from Congress as justification for his exercise of executive power. But in an emotional address quoting the Bible, the Constitution and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Obama also tacitly acknowledged the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 5th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Barack Obama, Gun Rights, Guns | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie appointed gun commission calls for loosening concealed carry law

NJB!A forum 120815TRENTON — A commission created by Gov. Chris Christie to examine New Jersey’s tough gun ownership and possession laws on Monday recommended the laws be loosened to allow broader access to those seeking to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense. The New Jersey Firearm Purchase and Permitting Study Commission was established on the eve of Christie’s… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Gun Rights, Guns, Second Amendment | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

N.J. Assembly again fails to override Christie gun bill veto

assetContentTRENTON — For the second time this month, the state Assembly failed to corral enough votes to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a bill that would involve police in deciding whether a person with a documented mental illness can get a gun permit. The Assembly voted 51-17 with nine abstentions, which count as no votes.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Under new bill, a ‘smart gun’ in every N.J. gun shop

assetContent (8)TRENTON — More than a dozen years after passing a “smart gun” law that is now blamed for stopping them from being sold across the country, state Senate Democrats on Thursday said they want to revamp the law and force gun dealers to carry the high-tech weapons. Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) said she is introducing a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: November 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Gun Rights, Guns, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Kean unveils N.J. gun control and mental health compromise bill

assetContent2TRENTON — Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. unveiled a new bill Friday that aims to ends a tug-of-war between Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney over gun control and mental health legislation. Kean (R-Union) described the draft legislation as a more comprehensive bill that combines the original requirement that police be alerted when… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, NJ Senate Republicans, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Here’s how Christie differs from almost all GOP candidates

assetContentTRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie is one of only three 2016 Republican presidential contenders who doesn’t own a firearm, according to a survey conducted by the Telegraph. Christie joins former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and businesswoman Carly Fiorina as the only three GOP White House hopefuls who aren’t gun owners. However, the Telegraph notes, Fiorina’s husband… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Gun Rights, Guns | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie announces change to N.J. gun policy on eve of 2016 kickoff

TRENTON — At 9:30 p.m. on the eve of his Republican presidential campaign kickoff, Gov. Chris Christie announced a change to state firearm policy on an issue that has been riling gun rights activists. The governor also signaled support for loosening New Jersey’s strict gun control laws. Reacting to the June 3 death of 39-year-old Berlin… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Gun Rights, Guns, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »