State Republican Chairman Doug Steinhardt on Friday chastised Democrats and members of his own party for being concerned about voters’ responses to further restrictions on gun ownership.
“It’s time that New Jersey Republicans stop worrying about who they might offend and start standing up for what they believe in. That includes protecting the rights of New Jersey’s legal gun owners,” Steinhardt said. “Democrats are waging an all-out war on gun ownership and ignoring the scourge of gun violence. While they demand broader restrictions on legal owners, they turn their blind eye toward common sense policing that would identify and punish violent offenders.”
On Thursday, lawmakers in Trenton advanced a number of bill creating additional restrictions on gun sale and ownership in New Jersey.
Among the bills are ones that expand the list of crimes that bar one from owning or selling a firearm and ones that require gun licenses be renewed every four years.
“We must stop vilifying legal gun owners, which is the easy way to make a gun statement, and get tough on gun violence, which is harder and takes guts. To start, stop allowing plea bargains in all cases of violent crime. Punish real criminals instead of creating new ones,” Steinhardt said. “Tell the Attorney General and County Prosecutors that we want people who commit a crime using a gun to be treated with the same seriousness that legislators and law enforcement advocate treating people who legally own one.”