New Jersey’s wildly unconstitutional new law instantly criminalized hundreds of thousands of New Jersey citizens who legally acquired high capacity firearms magazines by making it a felony to possess a magazine holding more than 10 rounds.
Making matters worse, last week the Third Circuit Court of Appeals handed down an opinion declaring the New Jersey ban to be “constitutional.”
In the majority opinion, Judge Patty Shwartz wrote: “New Jersey’s law reasonably fits the State’s interest in public safety and does not unconstitutionally burden the Second Amendment’s right to self-defense in the home.”
Now that a great many of New Jersey’s citizens are criminals for possessing these magazines, what will police do seeing how the grace period to turn in the magazines expired on December 11?
Breitbart News contacted New Jersey State Police on Monday to ask how they planned to enforce the newly enacted ban. We asked whether they would enforce it on a traffic-stop basis–checking magazines in firearms when they pulled over drivers for speeding, reckless driving, etc.–or whether they would enforce it by going to house-to-house to check magazine capacity in the firearms New Jersey residents kept in their homes.
The basis for the question about house-to-house checks is that Americans always fear Second Amendment prohibitions will lead to knocks on their doors.
The NJ State Police refused to rule out house-to-house checks. Rather, they responded: “We do not discuss enforcement strategies.”
Breitbart News also reached out to Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) press secretary Daniel Bryan about enforcement of the ban. As of the publication of this article Bryan had not ruled out house-to-house enforcement of the ban either.
Our Founding Fathers repeatedly noted that it is a constitutional duty for citizens to resist any unconstitutional “laws” that seeks to strip them of their constitutional rights. Just because New Jersey state government passed a magazine ban doesn’t mean they have the right enforce such a restriction.
Our Founding Fathers knew, and Americans should remember, that the “shot heard ‘round the world” on Lexington Green on April 19, 1775 was fired because King George sent British troops to seize the patriots’ ammunition stockpile stored outside of that small Massachusetts village.
They knew that in the days following that battle, British general Thomas Gage ordered soldiers to go house to house in Boston, confiscating all weapons from civilians.
Beyond and before their personal experience with disarmament as a tool of tyranny, our Founding Fathers learned the history of Rome and Greece, and from their childhood they were well aware of this tactic popular with those who sought to rule over the formerly free people of the past.
Our Founding Fathers very well intended that every American be armed, believing that such was the only way to avoid being enslaved by tyrants. They knew from their study of history that a tyrant’s first move was always to disarm the people, and generally to claim it was for the people’s safety, and to establish a standing army so as to convince the people that they didn’t need arms to protect themselves, for the tyrant and his professional soldiers would do it for them.
In ancient Greece, Aristotle reported that the tyrant Pisistratus, after winning the battle of Pallenis, “seized the government and disarmed the people.” Then, when the people were finally fed up with the taxes and the tyranny, they had to turn to Sparta for relief, for their own weapons were long ago surrendered to a despot promising to be “kindly and mild.”
The record is clear. Our Founding Fathers knew from sad experience and from their study of history that one of the telltale signs of a tyrant is the disarmament of anybody who might oppose him. It was true in Athens circa 490 B.C., and it is true in New Jersey in 2018.
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