Election Results and Smart Gun Talk with Scott Bach

Words of Wisdom:

“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue.” – Barry Goldwater

Calling the Shots:

  • 13 year old kills home invader (6 time felon)
    • Two felons attempted to break into home occupied by 13 year old.  He was able to defend himself with his mother’s handgun.  One of the perpetrators died as a result.  While we wish these two would not have put this child in this position, we are glad he had the means and ability to take action in his defense.  Previous charges and convictions of the felons, various drug charges, assault, burglary, unlawful carry of a weapon, and trespassing.
  • End of Maryland Ballistic fingerprint registry
    • Maryland is ending its program of collecting a cartridge from firearm manufactuers of every handgun sold in the state.  Over the past 15 years, they have accumulated more than 300,000 bullet casing, spend 5 Million dollars, and never solved a crime.  It turns out that the design of the system the state purchased would return hundreds of results when searched because it was so imprecise.  Regardless, some still stand behind the technology claiming it could be tweaked.

Interview with Scott Bach

Executive Director of ANJRPC and NRA Board Member Scott Bach joins us to talk NJ Election results and the new action surrounding the Smart Gun Law.  Democrats picked up seats in the 1st, 11th, and 16th districts.  Scott discusses how the results impact gun owners in New Jersey.  John asks if there are any other silver linings, like how all the candidates in the 1st district were A rated.  

Our discussion moved on to Smart Guns, where Scott provided an explanation of how the law would work and the strategy being employed by proponents to ensure the new laws passage.  Also discussed are the motivation of Smart Gun Law proponents in forcing 2nd Amendment groups to take a position on the law.

Wrap up

As we mentioned last week, prices for NRA membership will be going up in the near future.  Mike provides details on what the new prices are set to look like.  Also the first four NJ SAFE Videos are available now  at video.NJSafeCon.net  Some are available for free while others will be paid.  

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John is founder of NJ SAFE Conference and is primarily responsible for the production of our events. He grew up shooting and hunting in Minnesota, and moved to New Jersey in 2002 after serving in the US Marines. John is focused on education, holding a Master's degree and pursuing a Ph.D.