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My Record on Guns

Bill Weightman

Friday, November 1, 2013 • 11:58am

Judge Galda, a famous Judge out-of-Bergen County, once told me after a case that I was in the following: “If you lie once in law; you lie all the time.”  Ryan Jairam of Wantage has made blatant distortions on my record on guns.”  First, in every forum where the gun issue has come up, I noted my support for the Heller Decision on the Second Amendment.  I give Ryan a break, as he probably has trouble reading or evening listening to truth, or wants to help a candidate.  Am I calling him a liar? No!  He alone is making these distortions! Why?

Second, I have always supported hunting, as a tradition, and mostly, as a form of economic enhancement for our region’s small businesses and even some big box stores.  I owned a small business, and know how season and time are important to profits and costs. I also noted my family’s background in hunting. My Uncle Ben De Carlo, Hardyston Township’s second fire chief, was an avid hunter.  My mother and brother also hunted in Sussex County.    

My uncle showed me years ago-early 1950s, - a mountain lion that he shot.  He said he had no choice. Ironically, I visited Space Farms, and hinted to my opponent’s father that there were once Mountain Lions here, while visiting the facility after a hurricane.  Ryan seems to be from Wantage, and he should support, I guess, his favorite son, but do not make false statements!

Here are my issues with guns and this I have had said publicly:

  1. I am alarmed about a rise in gun violence.  We are averaging about 260 murders per year. In 2010, there were 269 murders in New Jersey.  That represented a 9 percent increase from the previous year.
  2. New Jersey passed one of the toughest assault weapons’ bans in 1990.  Congress did the same in 1994.  The federal legislation expired, and New Jersey’s laws were weakened with other states not following the ban. Assault weapons are recognized, as the weapons of choice for drug and weapons traffickers, gangs, and paramilitary groups. These weapons accounted for 20 percent of all police officer deaths in New Jersey.  My education includes teaching, and training of police officers in New York City.  I get my share of tickets, but I want police officers alive and doing their job.  I see no reason for the use of these weapons- for deer or bear, are you serious?
  3. I support the idea of safety training for all new gun owners, which should be mandated for at least four hours. Why?  I was inadvertently shot by a family member, and had the mercy of God for making our home walls –hard!  I do not want this to happen to anyone else, but too often, it does.
  4. I want immediate revocation of smartcards and handgun permits at all sentencing hearings of a felony nature, and I want intervention in a similar fashion for mental health patients with obviously serious diagnoses.
  5. I want to make smart cards renewable after a full background check every four years. I am not interested in lifetime cards.  We need to move in a new direction.
  6. I want especially to upgrade the offense of allowing a child to get access to a firearm from a disorderly person’s offense to a fourth degree crime in cases where the gun causes harm.
  7. I want to tighten up the entire process of getting a gun with a smart card with a photo, and I want a firearms ID for the purchase of all ammunition, coupled with a smart ID card for all handgun purchases!

These are some of the issues that I want resolved. Yes, I want to make it a little more difficult for mental health and criminals to get guns. I want to protect children and families from gun violence.  This is what a responsible citizen does, and I do not owe anyone a dollar for this election. I am not a paid lobbyist.  I am a citizen that cares.  Ryan, get a refund on truth!  For the rest of us, let’s focus on the struggling middle class!

Bill Weightman, 24th District- Assembly Democrat- Creating Opportunities and Providing Economic Solutions, Hardyston, NJ

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