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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie might soon face a monumental decision over a gun control bill that could land on his desk — and this comes as he ponders whether to throw his hat into the ring for a presidential run.

A bill to limit magazine capacity from 15 rounds to 10 rounds — and to instantly turn hundreds of thousands of Garden State citizens into criminals — is currently working its way through the state legislature.

It has already passed the House and is expected to pass the Senate, as well.  More on this story below, along with information on the GOA Poll Question that will generate results from you all — results which GOA will send to Gov. Christie.

But first, there is monumental news from a state that borders New Jersey, and it has many observers wondering if the oncoming electoral tsunami in November might take out sitting Democrats and Republicans all across the country.

Tea Party write-in candidate defies the establishment

Both Republicans and Democrats alike were “stunned” when a write-in candidate trounced the establishment picks for their respective parties in a Pennsylvania senate race last week.

Out of more than 22,000 votes cast, Tea Party Republican Scott Wagner garnered 10,654 write-in ballots (or 48 percent), reducing the mainstream Republican and Democrat candidates to just 27 percent and 26 percent of the vote.  This marks the first time in Pennsylvania history that a write-in candidate has won a state senate seat.

“It takes a huge volunteer effort to run against one’s own party, and this recent coup shows that the angst against tone deaf Republican establishment types is substantially growing,” said GOA’s Erich Pratt in a column this week.

“Observers are starting to publicly ask if the Pennsylvania tsunami might have ‘national implications’ that should worry the establishment of both parties,” Pratt said.

Go here to read the entire article.

New Jersey Governor Christie facing big choice over gun control

An anti-gun bill is working its way through the New Jersey legislature and may soon be sent to Republican Governor Chris Christie for his consideration.

Assembly Bill 2006 passed the Assembly by a 46-31 vote last week and is now expected to pass the Democrat-controlled legislature in upcoming days.

This would put Governor Christie in a quandary, as he is seen as eyeing the GOP nomination for President, but within a Party that leans heavily to the right on gun issues.

A.B. 2006 would change the definition of a “large capacity ammunition magazine” from the allowable 15 rounds to 10 rounds.

Click here to take the Poll Question: “Should Governor Christie veto A.B. 2006?”

How Gov. Christie acts on this legislation could have a huge bearing on his viability in a Republican presidential primary.

Given that Gov. Christie is, most likely, considering a presidential run, gun owners all across the country have a legitimate stake in communicating with him on this issue.

And that is why Gun Owners of America is requesting the following two action items.

(1) ACTION for citizens outside of NJ: GOA has set up a Poll Question which simply asks:  Should Governor Chris Christie veto A.B. 2006 — a bill that will limit magazine capacity from 15 rounds to 10 rounds, and instantly turn hundreds of thousands of New Jersey citizens into criminals?

No matter where you live, GOA would encourage you to distribute this alert and then to cast your vote — as we will make the poll results available for the Governor and his staff.

(2) ACTION for NJ citizens: In addition to taking the poll, please use the pre-written letter below to help direct your comments to Governor Chris Christie.  You can use his webform at:  www.state.nj.us/governor/contact

Or, you can call him at: 609-292-6000.

—– Pre-written letter —–

Dear Governor Christie:

I urge you to veto Assembly Bill 2006, should it make its way to your desk.

The legislature has no business limiting the ability of citizens to protect themselves.  And to be sure, A.B. 2006 is a severe restriction on my Second Amendment rights.

This bill would limit magazine capacity from 15 rounds to 10 rounds — and instantly turn hundreds of thousands of Garden State citizens into criminals.

If my life is on the line, why should you tell me how many rounds of ammunition I can use?  You wouldn’t dare subject the police to a 10-round magazine limit — and with good reason.

A study of the NYPD found that their cops (in 2000) fired an average of 16 shots per incident when facing armed attackers.  And another study of self-defense cases over a five-year period, in the NRA’s Armed Citizen, revealed that citizen-defenders faced multiple attackers 36% of the time.  The threat of multiple attackers — who are impervious to pain because of illegal substances they’ve taken — all underscore the danger of limiting my ability to defend myself.

Banning the tens of millions of standard-capacity magazines that are already in circulation won’t keep them out of dangerous hands, but it will make people like me less safe.