By Jim Shepherd
Seems the New Jersey State Police has quietly put another category of firearms on their list of "banned assault weapons" - the common air rifle. OK, not the very common types, but the types that include the Gamo Whisper .177, .22., DX and other similar models that have noise reduction technology incorporated into them.
Seems Lt. Joseph Genova of the NJSP Firearms Investigation Unit sent a letter to New Jersey firearms retailers regarding the legality of air rifles with internal or barrel mounted baffles designed to reduce noise. In his letter of August 23, the air rifles are classifed as firearms under NJ regulations because any form of "firearm silencer" is illegal in the state.
New Jersey has considered air and spring-loaded rifles firearms for what the New Jersey Second Amendment Society's Frank Fiamingo says is a long time. But this would be the first time the noise-reduction technology has been used to qualify them as illegal due to that noise reduction capability.
This wouldn't have been noticed had the New Jersey Division of Fish and Game not allowed air rifles legal for hunting squirrel and rabbit. And prior to this letter, the Gamo rifles and other brands had been sold for recreational shooting.
Fortunately, this decision, called "overreaching" by the NJ2AS, isn't one that can't be reversed. So....the NJ2AS is asking that gun owners ask for the letter to be reconsidered. As Fiamingon says, " A reasonable person would understand this noise reduction capability is not incorporated for some nefarious purpose, but to enhance the user experience."
We're watching this one, as well as a report we've gotten that another solid company in the firearms business has been told by their longtime banking "partner" that their business is no longer wanted. Reason? The bank is afraid that being associated with a gun company -should there be another horrible shooting- would "sully the bank's reputation." More....