New firearm limits would violate constitution

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To the editor:

When the citizens of New Jersey elected you to office, we required you to take the oath of office. The single most important commitment you made to us, was to uphold the US Constitution and protect our rights. You will be violating that public trust and infringing on our rights, if you vote for any new firearms or ammunition related bill.

Regarding the Second Amendment:

There is vast misinterpretation about the intent and purpose of the Second Amendment, and our Constitution. Every right enshrined in the bill of rights, was denied to us under British rule.

- Freedom of speech: allowed a free people to speak out against a tyrannical government without risk of persecution.

- Freedom of religion: so we could practice any religion without persecution from the government.

- Freedom of the press: allowed a free people to print newspapers speaking out against a tyrannical government without risk of persecution.

- The right to bear arms: The British did not allow private manufacture of muskets, in order to maintain control over their taxpaying subjects. However, it was private gun owners who fought for our independence by defeating the tyrannical British government. The Second Amendment allows private gun owners to organize themselves into a militia, in order to overthrow a tyrannical government, thus preserving our God-given freedom. Our founding fathers were least concerned with hunting or home defense, which were never an issue under British rule.

Most of the bills you will soon be reviewing, if passed into laws, will irreparably infringe on the second amendment rights of New Jersey citizens. These laws will only target law abiding citizens, and have no effect on controlling criminals, the mentally ill, or the evil in our society. None of these measures will prevent another Newtown-type shooting. Such debilitating laws by default will make law abiding citizens into criminals, or force them to move to another state that respects our Constitution and Bill of Rights.
So again, I respectfully ask you honor your oath of office and preserve the public trust, by voting nay on any new firearms or ammo related bill.

Ashok Acharya


Editor’s note: This is a copy of a letter to elected officials in New Jersey. The paper has received numerous similar letters in recent weeks from all over the state.

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