Quote of the day—John Crump

New Jersey’s standard capacity magazine ban is now in effect making New Jersey’s one million gun owners criminals in the eyes of the state. But in an act of mass defiance, New Jersey residents refuse to comply.

Any magazine holding more than ten rounds is now illegal in the Garden State. The standard magazine for an AR-15 holds 30 rounds. Glock 19s, which is the most popular pistol in the United States, holds 15 rounds. Anyone who is possession of larger magazine is committing a fourth-degree felony.

John Crump
December 14, 2018
Million Plus NJ Gun Owners Defy State Law, Refuse to Turn Over Banned Gun Mags
[Via email from Chet M.

The article says as near as they can determine there have been zero magazines turned in. But that was almost two week ago. So there probably have been a few people who have complied by now. I expect the numbers will be small. Perhaps higher than in some other places like California, Colorado, and Connecticut where the numbers run in the five to 10 percent compliance rate.

So… what will the authorities do about the mass defiance? My guess they will not do anything overt. But if you get pulled over for a minor traffic violation and they find a 15 round magazine (or plant one) in your car you will find yourself facing 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine for each magazine they found. They law was never about public safety. It was virtue signaling. Now it can be used selectively punish people who have not hurt anyone.

It’s about control.—Joe]

12 thoughts on “Quote of the day—John Crump

  1. Colorado does not have a requirement to turn in mags. Previously owned mags are grandfathered. Almost all county sheriffs have stated that they consider the ban unenforceable, since there is not much way to identify whether a particular mag came into possession before or after the ban. Unless a particular brand or model is distinctive, generic mags are not identifiable as to date However, wink wink nudge nudge, the law does not prohibit magazine repair parts.

  2. I am reminded of this:

    “Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against… We’re after power and we mean it… There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

    ~ Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand – 1957

  3. So is there any way that an initiative could be structured to prevent unenforceable or unfunded laws?

    • There was a lot of excitement about thirty years ago about prohibiting the imposition of “unfunded mandates” on the states, but if I recall accurately, once ol’ BJ Clinton was inaugurated, that went away, along with all the bad news about the economy.

  4. 18 months and/or a $10,000 fine for possession of a plastic box and a spring. Is this what we have been reduced to that people are afraid of such dangerous things they need to be restricted at all costs?

    You get less of a sentence for actually harming people or animals but the desire for control and punish “those people” is so strong that they seek to criminalize possession of a plastic or metal box.

    I throw this utter ridiculousness back in the faces of its supporters to show how irrational they are and how their hatred and bigotry blinds them.

  5. Joe; I thank you my brother. When destitution was upon me , my daughter was diagnosed with a nasty form of cancer. You and yours helped me out to buy her an insurance policy.which ended in a surgery that treated her disease. Merry Xmas and let me know if I can return the favor. My best regards Jay

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