It’s the urban Palisades against the Mountain Man Appalachian foothills.
Gun control legislation dropped this week by Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-32) just set up a high noon Statehouse showdown with Jimenez’s GOP rival on the far west side of the state.
Crafted in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre, the Hudson County-based Jimenez’s legislation would require psychological evaluations and home inspections of prospective gun purchasers.
Movement conservative Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose (R-24) promptly took aim at the bill.
“The Second Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights of our Constitution,” McHose said. “The Bill of Rights is an American birthright. It is not something granted to you by government after an inspection. It is not a privilege. It is a right.
“Driving an automobile is a privilege,” added the Republican assemblywoman. “Forty-thousand people die in auto accidents each year. So I'm wondering why Assemblywoman Jimenez hasn't dropped legislation that ‘requires psychological evaluation and in-home inspection as prerequisite to purchase’ an automobile? I'll be interested in examining the criteria of these in-home inspections that she is proposing.”
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"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile- The Bergen Record
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