What President Trump Means for NJ Gun Owners


With the Presidential election finally over, it seems that for the first time in a very long time, there's hope for NJ gun owners. With Hillary Clinton and the threat of a liberal dominated Supreme Court vanquished, President Trump will be able to do a lot for NJ gun owners.

So just what does the future hold for NJ Gun owners under President Trump?

During Donald Trump's Presidential election campaign, the first policy position paper he released was for how he would protect the Second Amendment. Including the following bullet points on his website:

  • Defend the rights of law-abiding gun owners:
    • Military bases and recruiting centers - to have a strong military, we need to allow them to defend themselves
    • National right to carry – should be legal in all 50 states
    • Background checks - we need to fix the system we have and make it work as intended. What we don’t need to do is expand a broken system.
    • Gun and magazine bans - the government has no business dictating what types of firearms good, honest people are allowed to own

Two of these of course are relevant to New Jersey. Concealed Carry, repealing our ridiculous "Assault Weapons" ban and once and for all doing away with our ban on magazines holding more than 15 rounds. He could do this either through Federal preemption laws, essentially banning NJ from passing gun control laws, or through the courts, also banning NJ from passing gun control laws. NJ2AS is currently supporting HR986, which would allow New Jerseyeans to carry in New Jersey with a concealed carry permit from any state in the union. We will be extremely active on the Federal side ensuring that it will be passed. NJ2AS is on full alert to make sure EVERY SINGLE ONE of New Jersey's unconstitutional gun laws are repealed, overturned, and never allowed to happen again. We're on the march, they're on the run!

But by and large the most important thing that President Trump will do, is make appointments to the Supreme Court. President Trump promises to appoint Justices to the court in the mold of recently deceased Justice Antonin Scalia. Justice Scalia was the Justice who wrote the Heller case, which once and for all recognized the right to keep and bear arms. Unfortunately however, lower courts have fought tooth and nail to overturn that ruling at every turn, refusing to protect the Second Amendment in the overwhelming majority of cases brought in the Federal Courts. Unfortunately the Supreme Court has been reluctant to step in and enforce their ruling. We suspect this will change with President Trump's appointments to the Supreme Court. Donald Trump has pledged to appoint Justices to the court in the mold of Antonin Scalia, which is great news for the Second Amendment. Most importantly, Republicans have control of the Senate and will most likely drop the filibuster for Supreme Court appointments, considering the fact that the Democrats did the same for federal judges, and only a majority will be necessary for hard right, Second Amendment supporting Justices to be appointed.

But it gets better, given the ages of the Justices on the court, President Trump will get to appoint more than one Supreme Court Justice. Two Justices are 80 or over and two more are close to that age. If President Trump receives two terms and retains control of the senate in 2018 and 2020, which looks likely given the senate maps those years, he may appoint a total of 5 Justices, leaving the Supreme Court at a 7-2 Conservative majority for at least the next 25 years.

With a Supreme Court firmly in support of the Second Amendment, NJ gun owners will be able to sue the state endlessly if they attempt to pass unconstitutional gun control laws. They may even abandon the fight against guns entirely given the ensuing headache of lawsuits and the egg on their face of having their proposed laws declared unconstitutional. Rest assured NJ2AS is monitoring this very very closely and have already begun drafting lawsuits. We will keep you posted in the future, but rest assured we're on the case.

These cases are going to cost money. Please join or donate to NJ2AS today to make sure we can afford to bring these crucial lawsuits to the Supreme Court and once and for all end New Jersey's draconian, unconstitutional gun control regime! Your contributions will make New Jersey the state known for the lawsuits that brought an end to various gun control schemes nationwide!

For the first time in a long time...

The future looks bright for NJ Gun owners.

Showing 8 reactions

  • Peter Nagy
    commented 2016-11-20 23:26:54 -0500
    Robert, HR 986 it says a a valid permit from any state is valid in all states. One can get a nonresident permit in Utah or FL. The restrictions will apply to, lets say, college carry, school carry (by teachers) etc If a state prohibits that kind of carry then its illegal .
  • Robert Seeland
    commented 2016-11-14 14:32:32 -0500
    Following the progress of HR986, while great for folks that live in, say, Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, etc., will not be helpful to those who live in New Jersey. We still have our work cut out for us. According to Congress.gov, HR986 states an individual “who is carrying a valid, government-issued identification document containing that person’s photograph and a valid permit issued by any state to carry a concealed firearm, to possess or carry a concealed handgun (other than a machine gun or destructive device) in any other state that permits residents to carry a concealed firearm, in accordance with the restrictions of that state”.

    The “restrictions” in the last part cited would refer to “Justifiable need”. We can either try to get rid of “Justifiable need” locally or throw our support to HR402, HR402 seems to be the same of HR986 without the “restrictions of that state” caveat.
  • Roger Garrett
    commented 2016-11-13 21:14:26 -0500
    As a member of NJ2AS, ANJRPC, NRA and Gun For Hire I am happy for the President Elect. I will be here to support him not only for the Second Amendment but for all other attempts to get America back to being the FREE America it used to be. Less government, more efficient where needed, and one that works for the people.No more IRS targeting Conservative groups.
  • Robert Ortiz
    commented 2016-11-13 14:31:11 -0500
    Now with Trump things can be done on the Federal level because the State of New Jersey Legislators don"t want to budge.
  • Kevin Yeagle
    commented 2016-11-11 21:37:13 -0500
    They need to get rid of the purchasers ID card in New Jersey. Denying a law abiding citizen with no criminal record what so ever is not only a violation of the second amendment but also a violation of the 5th amendment.
  • Michael Mazzilli
    commented 2016-11-11 15:49:04 -0500
    I live just across the northern NJ border in NY state(Suffern). I can carry concealed with an unrestricted permit as a regular citizen. I’m not LE either. I applied to my local county sheriff, had the app sent to the pro gun county judge, waited the 6 months for the investigation, and had my permit in hand. Why does NJ have such draconian laws for CC? Ny state has just as many liberals running things here. Same as PA and about 30 other states. Vermont citizens don’t even need a permit to CC? You need to pressure your politicians harder with non election. Btw, county and state judges in ny state are elected. just sayin NJ. Wish you best of luck and support, as I follow the NJ2AS closely as I have friends in NJ that can’t carry either. Keep the pressure on. TRUMP may be your answer!!
  • Peter Sesnick
    commented 2016-11-11 15:38:12 -0500
    The last national concealed carry permit reciprocity bill proposed in Congress did not recognize non-resident state permits. I hope the law enacted will correct this error.
  • Fred Kuhn
    commented 2016-11-11 15:22:48 -0500
    This is some of the best news we can have in NJ for our rights. Trump knows about our broken system and I am confident that he will appoint a great justice and have us carrying as we should. Stand strong and march on!
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