The New Jersey Second Amendment Society is trying to drum up pro-gun support with the Great Garden State Gun Giveaway contest. Anyone who registers their opposition to Gov. Chris Christie’s recent gun control bills will be entered for a chance to win one of three guns.
But the pro-gun organization has run into a snag: one of the three guns they are offering is illegal to own in New Jersey. Of the Benelli Super Black Eagle II Shotgun, the Hakr PM9 handgun & Comp-Tac holster and the Sig Sauer M400 Enhanced rifle & Aimpoint H-1 optic options, the M400 rifle is illegal to own because it comes with a 30-round magazine. The maximum size of magazines allowed by law in New Jersey is 15 rounds.
“This is unconscionable to be offering an illegal assault gun made to kill as many people as people, as quickly as possible, in order to get emails to get Gov. Christie to oppose gun control legislation,” said Bryan Miller of the pro-gun control group, Heeding God's Call.
Assemblyman Lou Greenwald (D) similarly criticized the pro-gun group.
“Those who are opposed to our gun violence prevention bills certainly have the right to have their voices heard, but enticing people to do so in this way is irresponsible," he said." If offering a gun as a contest prize isn’t illegal, perhaps we should look into legislation."
The New Jersey Second Amendment Society has since pulled the M400 from the raffle, though they were not happy about it. Frank Fiamingo, the group’s founder, argues that banning weapons because of illegal attachments is silly because just about any gun can be made illegal with the right attachments. He pointed out that bayonets are illegal in New Jersey, adding, “You really have to ask yourself how many drive-by bayonetings have there been.”
The answer is zero, but perhaps that is because strong bayonet-control advocates have kept bayonets off the streets.