The “Garden State” which is best known for its high property and sales taxes and disastrous overall ranking (49) for “fiscal stability” and “overall quality of life,” can now add willfully thrashing our First and Second Amendments to its list of accomplishments.
In New Jersey, the anti-gun fervor reached a new height with progressive lawmakers upping the ante by signing new legislation that would actually “criminalize free speech” regarding our Second Amendment.
The new law makes it a crime if you attempt to communicate online regarding certain firearms. The law specifically targets individuals who attempt to either communicate and or provide instructions to other individuals online, on how to print out plans for the construction of a 3D firearm.
Let me be clear, this law isn’t indented to “criminalize” purchasing of a firearm on the internet, 3D or not. New Jersey already has one of the most stringent and regressive firearm laws in the country.
This law is about the mere communication with another individual in regards to printing out a 3D firearm.
The legislation was apparently in response to a little known non-profit defense firm in Austin, Texas called Defense Distributed. The company had the audacity to provide instructions for individuals who wanted to try their hand at printing a 3-D firearm.
This apparently sent Democratic controlled lawmakers in Trenton into overdrive, drafting legislation that would certainly infringe on both our First and Second Amendment rights.
Moreover the law has written, whether by mistake or by design is a lot more egregious to free-speech, then one would think. In that the legislators within the Garden-State could have simply banned the manufacture of 3-D printed firearms within its borders, without fanfare. And most likely if challenged by pro-gun activists, New Jersey would most likely win
However New Jersey lawmakers didn’t do that, going beyond the threshold of Jurisprudence. In short they overreached and went overboard in their frenzied zeal, by banning the “facilitation” of manufacturing such a firearm by making it illegal to “distribute by any means, including the Internet, plans on how to print a 3-D gun to a person in New Jersey.
This egregious law if permitted to stand would actually criminalize everything from engineering books detailing the process of the 3-D printing of firearms for educational purposes, to hosting digital copies of 3-D printed gun designs regardless of where someone is in the world.
The intended “slippery-slop” created by New Jersey legislators, perhaps hoping no one would catch on, would be the beginning of the end regarding anything related to firearms on the internet, perhaps even instructional materials on the use of firearms.