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Please Immediately Tell Assembly Members to Vote No!

On Thursday, March 23, the full Assembly is scheduled for a floor vote on an amended version of A2938.  The bill is a reappearance of legislation defeated by ANJRPC and NRA in 2013, which in its original form would have allowed marriage counselors, social workers, nurses, and other unaccountable health professionals to report protected patient information to the Attorney General, resulting in seizure of their patients’ firearms without due process, if they “believed” the patient was a danger to themselves or others.

At an unusually lengthy committee hearing last September at which ANJRPC, NRA, and NSSF testified, lawmakers from both parties acknowledged that the legislation was seriously flawed and Democrats said they would attempt to address the issues raised.

Recent floor amendments to A2938 added due process in the form of a court order before firearms could be taken, and limited when reporting could be made (either when a patient makes threats of imminent physical violence, or when a reasonable practitioner would conclude that an act of serious physical violence is imminent).  The amendments also changed the reporting authority from the Attorney General to local law enforcement.

However, the amendments created an entirely new issue -- allowing firearms seized under the amended provisions to subsequently be disposed of as a complete forfeiture without any compensation to the owner.  Only in the case of the worst criminal misconduct is forfeiture of property authorized, and indeed, even in the domestic violence setting, seized firearms are not forfeited and there is a defined process for them to be sold by the legal owner.  Applying forfeiture provisions to persons who have sought counseling is as absurd as it is outrageous and unfair.

Even as amended the legislation still allows unaccountable health professionals to violate patient confidences and threaten property rights.  The net effect of A2938 will be to discourage those who need help the most from seeking it.

Please immediately tell every Assembly Member to Vote NO on A2938.  Tell them that the January floor amendments outrageously and unfairly allow the forfeiture of seized firearms without compensation, and that unaccountable health professionals should not be empowered to violate patient confidences and threaten property rights.  Tell them that the unintended consequence of A2938 even as amended will be to discourage those who need help the most from seeking it in the first place.

Legislator contact information is available by clicking here.

 


 Bypassing the committee hearing process entirely, and without even posting the text of the measure for advance public review, last week both houses of the New Jersey legislature passed resolutions paving the way for a taxpayer funded lawsuit against the Christie Administration, to challenge State Police regulations incrementally expanding right to carry to those facing serious threats.

In true Nancy Pelosi style, the resolutions were only posted for public review after the resolutions passed.  SCR-149 (click here for text) passed by a vote of 21-16 (plus 3 not voting) on March 13. ACR-234 (click here for text) passed by a vote of 46-29 (plus 5 not voting) on March 16.

Thanks to Assemblymen Jon Bramnick (R21) and Jay Webber (R26), and to Senator Jerry Cardinale (R39), for their passionate floor speeches (Assemblyman Webber’s floor speech is also available here).

The vote tallies in the Senate and the Assembly, respectively, are shown below.

 

NJ STATE SENATE: 3/13/2017  Yes {21}  No {16}  Not Voting {3} 

  

 

Addiego, Dawn Marie - No

Allen, Diane B. – No

Bateman, Christopher – No

 

Beach, James - Yes

Beck, Jennifer – No

Bucco, Anthony R. - Not Voting

 

Cardinale, Gerald - No

Codey, Richard J. – Yes

Connors, Christopher J. - No

 

Cruz-Perez, Nilsa - Not Voting

Cunningham, Sandra B. – No

Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr. - Yes

 

Doherty, Michael J. - No

Gill, Nia H. – Yes

Gordon, Robert M. – Yes

 

Greenstein, Linda R. - Yes

Holzapfel, James W. - Not Voting

Kean, Thomas H., Jr. – No

 

Kyrillos, Joseph M., Jr. - No

Lesniak, Raymond J. – Yes

Madden, Fred H., Jr. – Yes

 

O'Toole, Kevin J. - No

Oroho, Steven V. – No

Pennacchio, Joseph – No

 

Pou, Nellie - Yes

Rice, Ronald L. – Yes

Ruiz, M. Teresa – Yes

 

Sacco, Nicholas J. - Yes

Sarlo, Paul A. – Yes

Scutari, Nicholas P. – Yes

 

Singer, Robert W. - No

Smith, Bob – Yes

Stack, Brian P. – Yes

 

Sweeney, Stephen M. - Yes

Thompson, Samuel D. – No

Turner, Shirley K. – Yes

 

Van Drew, Jeff - No

Vitale, Joseph F. – Yes

Weinberg, Loretta – Yes

 

Whelan, Jim – Yes

 

NJ STATE ASSEMBLY  3/16/2017  Yes {46}  No {29}  Not Voting {5}  Abstains {0} 

 

 

Andrzejczak, Bob - No

Auth, Robert – No

Barclay, Arthur – Yes

 

Benson, Daniel R. - Yes

Bramnick, Jon M. - No

Brown, Chris A. - No

 

Bucco, Anthony M. - No

Burzichelli, John J. - No

Caputo, Ralph R. - Yes

 

Caride, Marlene - Yes

Carroll, Michael P. - Not Voting

Chaparro, Annette - Yes

 

Chiaravalloti, Nicholas - Yes

Ciattarelli, Jack M. - No

Clifton, Robert D. - No

 

Conaway, Herb, Jr. - Yes

Coughlin, Craig J. - Yes

Dancer, Ronald S. - No

 

Danielsen, Joe - No

DeAngelo, Wayne P. - Yes

DeCroce, BettyLou - No

 

DiMaio, John - No

Downey, Joann - Yes

Egan, Joseph V. - Not Voting

 

Eustace, Tim - Yes

Giblin, Thomas P. - Yes

Gove, DiAnne C. - No

 

Green, Jerry - Yes

Greenwald, Louis D. - Yes

Gusciora, Reed - Yes

 

Handlin, Amy H. - No

Holley, Jamel C. - Yes

Houghtaling, Eric - Yes

 

Howarth, Joe - No

Jasey, Mila M. - Yes

Jimenez, Angelica M. - Yes

 

Johnson, Gordon M. - Yes

Jones, Patricia Egan - Yes

Karabinchak, Robert J. - Yes

 

Kean, Sean T. - No

Kennedy, James J. - Yes

Lagana, Joseph A. - Yes

 

Lampitt, Pamela R. - Yes

Land, R. Bruce - No

Mazzeo, Vincent - Yes

 

McGuckin, Gregory P. - No

McKeon, John F. - Yes

McKnight, Angela V. - Yes

 

Moriarty, Paul D. - Yes

Mosquera, Gabriela M. - Yes

Mukherji, Raj - Yes

 

Munoz, Nancy F. - No

Muoio, Elizabeth Maher - Yes

O'Scanlon, Declan J., Jr. - No

 

Oliver, Sheila Y. - Yes

Peterson, Erik – No

Phoebus, Gail - No

 

Pinkin, Nancy J. - Yes

Pintor Marin, Eliana - Yes

Prieto, Vincent - Yes

 

Quijano, Annette - Yes

Rible, David P. - No

Rodriguez-Gregg, Maria - No

 

Rooney, Kevin J. - Not Voting

Rumpf, Brian E. - No

Russo, David C. - Not Voting

 

Schaer, Gary S. - Yes

Schepisi, Holly - No

Singleton, Troy - Yes

 

Space, Parker - No

Sumter, Shavonda E. - Yes

Taliaferro, Adam J. - No

 

Tucker, Cleopatra G. - Yes

Vainieri Huttle, Valerie - Yes

Watson, Blonnie R. - Yes

 

Webber, Jay - No

Wimberly, Benjie E. - Yes

Wisniewski, John S. - Yes

 

Wolfe, David W. - Not Voting

Zwicker, Andrew - Yes

 

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