Violent Crimes and Illegal Firearms
A large percentage of firearms used in the commission of crimes were originally stolen. Anyone stealing a gun will have the capability of committing a much more serious crime. Using a gun safe is the best way to help keep your guns out of the wrong hands.
Any crime involving a gun could end up in a more serious crime that could involve harm, or even death to another human being. In many States, if a person steals a gun and gets caught, their first offense usually ends up gaining them a simple probation punishment. Many of these criminals go immediately back to stealing.
The NJ Bill is Strict
The State of New Jersey has made a step in the right direction. In Assembly #2916, New Jersey has made the theft of a firearm a crime that could send the one who committed it straight to jail. The judgment call of jail time will still be in the hands of the judge and jury, but with this bill, they will not have their hands tied to do so.
The sponsors of this bill showed how Democrats and Republicans can work together in putting a damper on gun violence.
Sponsors of the bill are:
*Reed Gusciora Democrat
*Jon Bramnick Republican
Fast forward one year and you can see that just getting this bill drafted is a very good step. Further progress is needed. There is no doubt about that but with small victories like this bill in New Jersey there are huge possiblities.
This is not a case of taking gun rights from honest, law abiding citizens; this is a bill that will hopefully make non-law abiding citizens think twice before stealing a gun. One other option would be to make sure that owners use discretion like a gun vault GVB 2000.
It is this writer’s belief that with the passage of this bill in New Jersey, we will see the theft of firearms drop substantially. If criminals know they will do “hard time” for stealing guns, they will consider other stealing options that will not carry as harsh of a punishment.
New Jersey has held firearm crime statistics that are above national averages. These statistics include murder and robbery. With the passage of this bill, it is hoped that those statistics will drop under that national average. Cities like Chicogo don’t have laws like this. In contrast, violent crimes in Chicago are very much on the rise. It is trouble to all of the senior leadership and long time politians. It’s a lesson on how not to deal with gangs and violent crime.
Hopefully other States will learn from this.