BELLEVUE, WA â€“ The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today called the one-gun-a-month ordinance passed by the Jersey City, NJ city council â€œa pathetic shamâ€ designed to give the public a false impression that this will address the cityâ€™s violent crime problems.
â€œThese one-gun-per-month measures will not prevent dangerous criminals from arming themselves,â€ said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. â€œAll these kinds of laws ever accomplish is to make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to buy firearms. There is no evidence that any such law ever stopped a single crime. This is nothing more than a â€˜feel-goodâ€™ effort to deceive the good citizens of Jersey City that their council has struck a blow for law and order.
The council action came at the end of a debate involving supporters and opponents of the measure.
â€œSomebody in Jersey City, or any other community, is going to have to show me proof that a one-gun-a-month law has stopped a crime,â€ Waldron said. â€œEssentially, what you have with this vote is the Jersey City Council insulting the intelligence of its residents, and weâ€™re disappointed that some residents seem to not mind that. Law-abiding firearms owners, of course, are intelligent enough to realize theyâ€™re being penalized for the illegal acts of people they donâ€™t know, and over whom they have no control.
â€œIt clearly appears that this ordinance is in conflict with state law,â€ Waldron noted. â€œNot surprisingly, this measure won the blind support of CeaseFire New Jersey. They are the same extremists that supported the â€˜smart gunâ€™ legislation, and they have never met a radical gun restriction that they did not immediately fall in love with.
â€œCeaseFire New Jersey is essentially a criminal support group,â€ Waldron added, â€œbecause they fight for laws that provide a safe working environment for criminals. You do not fight crime by disarming victims.â€