Not one citizen of New Jersey complies with bump stock ban


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Update: It appears that the same thing has happened in Denver, where no one has turned in their bump stocks also.

Pushback: Despite a new law that criminalizes the possession of bump stocks and requires their surrender, not a single citizen of New Jersey has complied.

Despite the fact that New Jersey residents who are caught with bump stocks could face up to 5 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines, reports have claimed that not a single bump stock has been turned in, even though the deadline to turn the newly illegal accessories over to police was last month.

New Jersey is not alone. Massachusetts became the first state to ban bump stocks earlier this year, and even though the state’s new legislation threatens violators with up to 18 months in jail, only four people have complied by voluntarily surrendering their bump stocks to police.

These laws are stupid, and are unconstitutional in that they are a taking of private property without due compensation, one of the main reasons people are not complying.

As the gun control efforts by the left accelerate and become more radical, expect more people to defy their efforts. Sadly, that is not really a defeat for the left, as one of their goals here is to encourage contempt for the law, thus making it culturally easier for them to defy it as well. Since they can never win at the ballot box, they need to create a circumstance where it becomes acceptable for them to take power by force, and this can only happen if they have convinced enough people that such illegal action is acceptable.

Everything the left (and the Democratic Party) has been doing politically since Donald Trump’s election suggests this. The worst aspect of it unfortunately is that they are succeeding. Nor has this effort been limited to their gun control proposals. The ability of Hillary Clinton and the Democrats to avoid all prosecution for some very obvious crimes contributes to this effort as well.

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  • Phill O

    Full auto weapons were in the possession of many for some time, were they not? Only in more recent times were mass shootings occurring. This and the rise of violent crime in London, show the problem does not lie in the weapon (knives in London) but the human condition.

  • Col Beausabre

    Full auto weapons were in the possession of many for some time, were they not?

    Under the National Firearms Act of 1934, holders of a Class 3 Federal Firearms Dealer License (presumably not handed out by the Feds to anyone who sends in a three box tops and 50 cents for postage….but knowing the government…..) and whose application and annual fees ain’t cheap, could, for a hefty registration fee for each one, own automatic weapons. Any time ownership changes (sale, gift, inheritance) our Uncle Who Dwelleth in DC got a nice transfer fee. In 1986 this was amended, closing the ability to ad new weapons although current ones are grandfathered in. The result is there are about 85,000 legal automatic weapons in the US. Security measures by owners tend to be impressive – I once visited a collection that was in the basement of the house and was built like a bank vault with a steel door resembling what you’d find at the First National downtown.

    Bottom line, I once read an interview with a senior BATF member and he said, to his knowledge, NO ONE had ever committed a crime using a registered automatic weapon.

  • BSJ

    And we have Trump to thank for bump-stock bans!

    His saying that he would ban bump stocks gave cover to all those willing to do so.

    Lest we forget, he also said; Seize now, litigate after.

    And I also have to live with a >10 round magazine ban too. I can’t buy, sell or transfer them to anyone!

    I’m so tired of winning!

  • Orion314

    Best “feel good” story i’ve read in a while. Any victory for the 2nd amendment is victory for all of us, whether ya like it or not! :]

  • Keith

    Here is another ridiculous law aimed at taking away the rights and money of residents of the Garden State (like me!)

    https://www.atr.org/new-jersey-resuscitates-obamacare-mandate-tax?amp

  • pzatchok

    A Class 3 weapons permit costs 200 bucks per weapon plus postage and ID photo cost.

    The weapons are 5 grand or more depending on the weapon.

    A weapon dealers license cost about the same. But other stipulations apply. You used to be able to deal firearms out of your home but new regulations stopped that and now you need a separate building. A large shed will do.

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