I want to introduce you to Steffon Lamont Josey. He is a 24-year old New Jersey resident who aspires to become a police officer. He has excellent test scores that would easily qualify him to become a police officer and he is man of excellent character.
But on one fateful day two years ago, his future completely changed.
Steffon is owns a legal handgun. On September 30, 2013, he was checking his handgun in the garage when his younger sister surprised him. He instinctively put the pistol in his glove compartment so she wouldn’t see it. He always tried to keep the gun out of sight and locked away from his younger sister.
Later that day, he was driving to meet his fiancée and was pulled over by a police officer. When Josey reached to get his insurance and registration cards, he remembered: The handgun was still in the glove compartment.
In most states in the country, this wouldn’t be a huge problem. Yes, it is overall a bad idea to have a gun in the glove compartment and some states do have laws forbidding it. The last thing you want is for a police officer to see you reaching for a gun.
But in most states, it is completely legal for trained and qualified people to carry a loaded gun in the car.
At first, the police officer simply confiscated the weapon and issued Josey a summons. But when the young man went to the police station to pick up his gun, he had handcuffs slapped on his wrists. He was able to plead the charges down but Steffon Lamont Josey is still a felon and still barred from becoming a police officer. His life is ruined unless Chris Christie pardons him.
The Second Amendment is a crime in New Jersey, just like it is a crime in other liberal states.
This young man had a bright future ahead of him and because of one mistake, he is going to be a felon for the rest of his life. It’s time to put a stop to this madness. The Founders wrote that the right to “keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” and yet we continue to allow these liberal state legislatures to infringe on this fundamental right!
It may have taken 223 years, but in 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in McDonald v. Chicago that the Second Amendment applies to local and state governments just as much as the Federal government.
Yet today, more than 26.15% of all Americans live under a state regime that prohibits them from bearing arms for self-defense.
Imagine if we were talking about another Constitutional right. What do you think the reaction would be if 26% of Americans weren’t allowed to freely worship or were denied a trial by jury?
We would be up in arms. Yet when it comes to the Second Amendment, we have sat by and allowed liberal state legislators to pick away at it little by little until there’s nothing left.
New Jersey’s gun control laws resemble Nazi Germany more than they resemble Free America.
If you live behind the gun control Iron Curtain, know that we are with you.
And if you live in Free America, where your rights are currently honored and protected, know that this anti-gun cancer is spreading. Liberals are fleeing states like California, New York, and New Jersey and they’re bringing their politics with them.
Colorado used to be free. The Second Amendment used to be protected and residents were allowed to own whatever guns they wanted. But over time, Californians moved in and brought their politics with them. Today, Coloradans are fighting to get their Second Amendment rights back.
We need to take a stand now. We need to stand by our brothers and sisters in gun control states and put a stop to this before it is too late. We can either stop it there while we have the chance or fight from behind once this rabid anti-gun ideology makes its way here.
The #1 way to make sure that the Second Amendment is honored nationwide is for Congress to pass the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This legislation would make concealed weapons permits just as accepted nationwide as driver’s licenses. If you are licensed in one state, then it would be honored in every state. Then, these liberal states would have no choice but to respect their own residents’ rights as well.
This is how we win. But that won’t happen unless you raise your voice right now and demand that Congress move this legislation out of committee and hold a floor vote!