New Jersey to Turn Kids with BB Guns Into Felons

You read that headline right. New Jersey is making anyone, including kids, with an “unregistered” BB gun into a criminal. This is Chris Christie’s New Jersey, folks.

New Jersey’s Graves Act is one of the most strict anti-gun laws in the nation and it even makes owners of BB guns into criminals if they don’t register their “firearm” with the government. Apparently BB guns and air soft guns are included in the statutes as “firearms” in New Jersey.

“In all honesty, kids who are charged are looking at mandatory jail time,” said New Jersey attorney William Proetta, adding that under the state’s Graves Act, a conviction could lead to prison time. “The only defense is to request a waiver but if that’s not granted, young kids can get a felony charge and their lives are basically over.”

But this isn’t all mere speculation. New Jersey has already used this absurd law against one of her citizens.

“As recently as October,” Fox News recently reported, “a man was arrested in New Jersey for shooting an airsoft gun at a rubber duck for target practice, in his own yard. Idyriss Thomas, 22, was arrested in Glassboro, N.J., after police responded to multiple 911 calls from neighbors who reported seeing a man with a gun. Once police determined the gun was unlicensed, Thomas was taken to jail and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. His family posted a $2,500 bond.”

“I didn’t realize that what I had in my hand would cause the events that happened today. I had the airsoft gun in my hand, playing with it, taking shots at a rubber ducky–not harming anybody,” Idyriss Thomas told the media.

This sort of idiocy will continue to happen until the voters take control and put a stop to it all. Our governments from the smallest city, to the states and the federal government don’t care about our traditions, the Constitution or the law.

(H/T Free Patriot)

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Posted by on December 19, 2013.
Filed under Asshats, Big government, corruption, Culture, Culture Of Corruption, Democrats, Gun control, Liberals, Media.
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com "The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • GarandFan

    The idiot voters of New Jersey are justly proud of the intelligent laws passed by their legislature.

    “Firearm” means any handgun, rifle, shotgun, machine gun, auto
    or semi-automatic rifle, or any gun or device or instrument in the
    nature of a weapon from which may be fired or ejected any solid
    projectile ball, slug, pellet or missile or bullet, … It should also
    include, without limitation, any firearm which is in the nature of an
    air gun, spring gun or pistol or other weapon of similar nature in which
    the propelling force is a spring, elastic band, carbon dioxide,
    compressed or other gas or vapor, air or compressed air, or is ignited
    by compressed air, and ejecting a bullet or missile smaller than
    three-eights of an inch in diameter, with sufficient force to injure a
    person.”

    Does a SLINGSHOT need to be “registered”? Having signed these new gun laws, Christie can save his time and money in the next presidential bid and just bugger off.

    • jim_m

      Indeed. That’s 5 million voters at minimum that he just lost. Giving up what amounts to 4-5 percent of the total vote is not a good start to your campaign.

  • jim_m

    I say to them, “Have at it!” No sense in not educating our children to hate overreaching government at as early an age as possible,

    • Commander_Chico

      Except that real people will be charged. If there’s mandatory jail time, that’s worse.

      I would think that police and prosecutors would use some discretion, but that is a thing of the past in Police State America.

      • jim_m

        Prosecutorial discretion? What happened to the Chico that was demanding that everyone be treated identically in the justice system? I suppose that was just another pose, sort of like your posing as being against obama.

        • Commander_Chico

          Chico is for common sense and leniency for minor infractions.

          • jim_m

            SO Chico is for a political determination of who should get prosecuted and who should not. That is what constitutes “fairness” in your book.

      • Retired military

        Welcome to Obamerica. You voted for it. You got it.

        • GarandFan

          Yeah, don’t forget, that paragon of virtue, Eric Holder is the one making the decisions.

          • Commander_Chico

            This is about New Jersey law, Obama and Holder have nothing to do with its enforcement.

            Anybody understand basic principles of federalism? High school civics class was a long time ago, but still . . . .

          • GarandFan

            General sarcasm is wasted on some people.

  • Commander_Chico

    +1 for the “Glenn Beck’s crack pipe.”

    I’ll have a shot of whiskey every time you say that.

    • Jwb10001

      Better not get behind the wheel of a car your blood alcohol would be 10 times the legal limit.

  • Shawn

    (Little late to the discussion. And for full disclosure, I have lived in Jersey my entire life. Anyway…)

    “This is Chris Christie’s New Jersey, folks.”

    No it is not, Warner.

    Though this aspect (among many others) of the law is absurd, to imply that Christie had a part in this or has at all been linked to its inception or enactment in any way is disingenuous and misleading. You may not like Christie and you may disagree with him and his policies. That’s fine. But, insinuating that he is somehow responsible for this, directly or indirectly, is just a nonsensical hatchet job.

    Lawrence, who posted below (and for some reason, was negatively flagged 6 times, and whose post is shown as ‘awaiting moderation ‘, though he is correct.), if not eloquent in his delivery, is completely spot on.

    The Graves Act was passed in 1981. The last amendment, and the one which addresses the issue of BB guns, was passed in 2008, signed into law by Ex-Gov and perpetual liberal fraudster Jon Corzine.

    Back-tracking through the ‘sources’ given per this, the genesis for what has been spun into evidence is that of a law group. It’s then been passed on as some valid criticism of Christie for his non-existent role in the passage of this stipulation in this ridiculous law.

    I know it is en-vogue for every self-professed Conservative to be a Christie-basher these days, but, what’s fair is fair.

    And this one ain’t.

    You are much better then this, Warner.

  • Shawn

    (Little late to the discussion. And for full disclosure, I have lived in Jersey my entire life. Anyway…)

    “This is Chris Christie’s New Jersey, folks.”

    No it is not, Warner.

    Though this aspect (among many others) of the law is absurd, to imply that Christie had a part in this or has at all been linked to its inception or enactment in any way is disingenuous and misleading. You may not like Christie and you may disagree with him and his policies. That’s fine. But, insinuating that he is somehow responsible for this, directly or indirectly, is just a nonsensical hatchet job.

    Lawrence, who posted below (and for some reason, was negatively flagged 6 times, and whose post is shown as ‘awaiting moderation ‘, though he is correct.), if not eloquent in his delivery, is completely spot on.

    The Graves Act was passed in 1981. The last amendment, and the one which addresses the issue of BB guns, was passed in 2008, signed into law by Ex-Gov and perpetual liberal fraudster Jon Corzine.

    Back-tracking through the ‘sources’ given per this, the genesis for what has been spun into evidence is that of a law group. It’s then been passed on as some valid criticism of Christie for his non-existent role in the passage of this stipulation in this ridiculous law.

    I know it is en-vogue for every self-professed Conservative to be a Christie-basher these days, but, what’s fair is fair.

    And this one ain’t.

    You are much better then this, Warner.

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