Skip to comments.New Jersey Adds Several AIR RIFLES to Its Banned Gun List
Posted on 09/07/2013 12:47:00 AM PDT by shibumi
Well, its official, New Jersey has jumped the shark on gun control (if they already hadnt).
According to NJ2AS, the state has banned several types of popular, high end, air rifles.
Specifically, any air rifle that is made to be quieter by design.
One example of this is the Gamo Whisper line of rifles.
These rifles make great pest control rifles for people that own some land, but dont want to disturb nearby neighbors with the sounds of traditional firearms.
From the NJ2AS report,
The New Jersey Second Amendment Society recently obtained a copy of the letter from Lieutenant Joseph Genova, head of the Firearms Investigation Unit (FIU) of the New Jersey Division of State Police, that was sent to NJ firearms retailers regarding the legality of air rifles with internal or barrel mounted baffles designed to reduce noise. In this letter dated August 23, 2013, Lt. Genova makes reference to both air rifles being considered firearms under NJ statute, and that any form of firearm silencer is illegal in NJ. (A photograph of the letter can be viewed here: AirRifle2013.pdf).
For the purposes of enforcing New Jerseys firearms statutes, air and spring-loaded rifles have long been considered firearms. According to this recent letter, any Air Rifles which incorporate noise reduction paraphernalia (specifically the Gamo Whisper .177, .22, DX models and those which are substantially similar) are now considered illegal due to the noise reduction capability.
This situation has come to light as a result of questions regarding air rifles that are legal to use for hunting squirrel and rabbit in New Jersey. 2013 marks the first year the NJ Division of Fish And Game are allowing air rifles to be used for hunting. Prior to this letter dated August 23, 2013, Gamo and other brand air rifles with internal noise dampening devices have been sold to law-abiding NJ gun owners for hunting and recreational shooting purposes.
Air rifles (”BB guns’’) have been illegal in Jersey since I was a kid and I’m 57.
In New Jersey you need a state issued Firearms ID card to buy a BB gun. This has been a law for at least 20 years
the Gamo Whisper line of rifles
I have one of these. They are certainly NOT quiet. In fact, they’re much louder than a CCI sub-sonic .22 short.
But, should an Air-Rifle be legally classified as a Firearm?
You gotta be kidding me /s
Big Brother doesn't want anyone to have a weapon that would allow them to put food on the table by bypassing the government control agencies. (EPA, Dept. of Interior, Dept. of Agriculture. FDA etc.)
If people can fend for themselves it makes it harder for the FEDGOV to control people.
It's utterly ridiculous and the stupidity of it just compounds throughout local statutes. When I lived in Jersey, I technically could've gone through the rigamarole to get a firearms permit for a Daisy Red Ryder. But I wouldn't have been able to shoot it on my property legally, because our municipality had an ordinance against discharging firearms within town limits.
Air guns need to be reclassified in NJ. If they want to stick a velocity cap on it, fine, but don't go telling me that a Red Ryder is the equivalent of a .22.
And while we're on the topic, a hunting state like PA should definitely lift its ban on hunting with air guns.
Claud wrote: “Air guns need to be reclassified in NJ. If they want to stick a velocity cap on it, fine...”
It’s that kind of ‘give-em-an-inch’ thinking that gets us to the current state of oppression in this country. If you will give up a ‘velocity cap’, today, you will give up more at some later point.
The progressives and socialists know this, and they are willing to play that game.
NJ, as a state, likely has the authority to set limits within their borders (although I disagree with that notion,too). If the fine folks of NJ choose to live that way, so be it. If not, they should be moving out. Or, at least pushing for changes to the legislation, electing true conservative legislators, etc.
And I though NY was bad. Grew up in Rochester and moved to the 'burbs when I was 10 (1962). Me and my friends would take our BB guns out in the nearby woods and fields all the time and have a great time.
It’s time to ban water pistols, spitballs and nerf guns......and most importantly @$$hole politicians!
Apparently, I was 100% correct.
Is there anything of that type that actually is quiet? I wouldn’t mind punching paper here in suburbia without giving the neighbors the vapors.
Probably the cheaper, less than 1000fps, versions. Gamo has these, or Crossman I think...
Remember the SNL skit with Joe Piscopo in which he shows NJrs as being brain damaged from the pollution?
New Jersey was not amused.
A Big Fat Joke.
If you prefer to use your .22, these are very quiet, quieter in fact than my pellet gun. I use them here (houses on each side of me) to control the squirrel population that decimates my pecans. Neighbors never hear a thing.
They're also great for indoor practice. One thick phone book is enough for a backstop, two or three just to be extra safe. Note: They will not cycle a semiauto.
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