New Jersey “smart guns” and the Hillary Clnton gun boutique
When Gov. James E. McGreevey’s signature made New Jersey the first state to ban the selling of all handguns lacking nonexistent “smart gun” technology to civilians (law officers and government employees are exempted), he was joined at the bill signing by representatives from the Million Mom March, the Brady Campaign and CeaseFire NJ.
Gov. McGreevey singled out the support of three lawmakersSenate co-President Richard Codey (D-Essex), Sen. Joseph Palaia R-Monmouth) and Assemblywoman Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen)and said the law “will require gun manufacturers to use smart gun technology on all new guns three years after the Attorney
General determines that the user recognition technology is commercially available.”
New Jersey lawmakers provided the attorney general with a little help, declaring in S.573/890 that: “personalized handguns shall be deemed to be available for retail purposes if at least one manufacturer had delivered at least one model of a personalized handgun to a registered or licensed wholesale or retail dealer in New Jersey or any other state.”
As Paul Carpenter of the Allentown, Pa., Morning Call notes: “There is nothing in the law that says the gun necessarily has to work. The Flybynite Corkscrew Co. of Cucamonga can make a gun with magnetic coding, or whatever, and sell it to the Hillary Clinton Gun Boutique in Podunk. If one gun, anywhere, has a device to keep it from firing, the rule takes effect in New Jersey.”
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