State Senate Democrats in New Jersey on guns: “We need a bill that is going to confiscate, confiscate, confiscate.”

Democrats at both the state and federal level keep pushing for taxes on gun purchases and registration.  Democrats claim that they really aren't interested in reducing gun ownership or confiscating guns, but then you have statements such as this.  From the New Jersey Star-Ledger:
As a committee hearing on new gun-control legislation began winding down Thursday, three state senators started chatting amongst themselves.
What they didn't realize was the microphone was still on.
A recording of the exchange — which appears to be between Democrats Loretta Weinberg, Sandra Cunningham and Linda Greenstein — ended up on YouTube, and gun supporters said today they were upset by the remarks.
The recording opens with what sounds like a senator or staff member saying, "We needed a bill that was going to confiscate, confiscate, confiscate" — although it is not clear who is speaking or if this is what she is saying. . . .
Some of the new laws that will be voted on Monday in New Jersey will substantially raise the cost of obtaining a gun.
Reinstating a seven-day "cooling-off" period. When someone qualifies for a permit, they would have to wait seven days before buying the gun — an effort to prevent domestic violence and suicide. The original package of bills would have removed the seven-day waiting period. "Someone who is heated and angry can’t just go out to the store and buy a gun right away," said Nicola Bocour, the project director of anti-gun violence group Ceasefire New Jersey.
• Currently, New Jersey residents have 90 days to buy a gun after getting a permit. Under the bill, they would have four years, but changes were made to make it easier for law enforcement to yank the permit.
• Residents who apply for permits would have to undergo training.
• All sales of ammunition online would be electronically sent to the State Police. . . . 
Waiting periods are associated with increased crime rates against women.  The costs of mandated training will make it so that poor people who live in high crime urban areas will be disarmed.

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Blogger Nunya Biz said...

You say: "Waiting periods are associated with increased crime rates against women."

Another thing to consider here is that these same *waiting periods* are also keeping guns out of the hands of vulnerable women who might need a gun straight away due to an abusive spouse, partner, stalker or other miscreant.

I'm not sure whether to consider this to be an unintended consequence or not given that most gun control laws seem to be aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of the law abiding whilst purporting to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

5/11/2013 7:51 PM  

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