This is the essential message that NJ Dem Sen. Bob Menendez prefers to send to travelers who enter New Jersey with a firearm ... and who are ignorant of the state's draconian firearm laws.
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“Throw’em into prison for five years” is what New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez wants for any out-of-state concealed carry permit holder who enter his state with a firearm.When pressed about travelers with concealed carry permits who may be detoured into his state by accident, he replied: “They know what our state’s law is. They should know what our state law is if they want to carry a concealed weapon. I don’t think that they just simply get detoured and they should think in advance when they are traveling.”
“People violate our law — we are a state that has decided that we are against concealed carry weapons. We have stronger gun laws. We believe we have made the states safer as that,” Menendez told The Daily Caller Thursday. “They violate our laws, then whatever is the law, and they are found guilty of it, they should pay the consequence.”
He continued, “I find it amazing that Republicans who believe in state rights all of a sudden have a problem observing the state rights of those states that think that stronger gun laws is the way to protect citizens and that’s what I have to say about it.”
New Jersey has some of the most stringent gun laws in the country. Its state troopers are known to pull over drivers and question them on whether they are carrying concealed firearms. Unfortunately, some out-of-state travelers are not aware that the Concealed Handgun Licences issued in their home state are not recognized in New Jersey .. so when the drivers answer truthfully, they are arrested. Their firearms confiscated. And they may find themselves in jail.
In the New England States, the borders seem to be amorphous; drivers from one state assume that they are still "home", even though they may have unwittingly crossed a state line. It is possible there to drive for one hour and find yourself having entered three states.
And they assume that the freedoms they enjoy "locally" are recognized in adjacent states.
Unfortunately, when they cross into The Twilight Zone which is (for firearms owners) New Jersey, they are often not only surprised to learn that their Concealed Handgun License is not recognized, but their civil rights are similarly not recognized.
New Jersey is not alone in their determination to deny firearms owners their Second Amendment Rights: Florida also has made it illegal to carry a firearm.
We need a federal law which recognizes the 2nd Amendment. We need for all states to recognize this right. We thought we had it, but we were wrong.
Universal backgrounds checks are just one side on the controversy.
Universal carry rights are the other side of the issue, and as long as America is willing to impose upon the Second Amendment, we should (all states) pay as much attention to our universal rights. as we do to our local limitations.