Sunday, October 17, 2010

Life in the crazy house

I don't know of a better way to sum up New Jersey's gun laws than this observation over at Ian Argent's place:

Also, note that the possession charge is much more serious (second-degree crime) than the assault charge (fourth degree); and can be punished much more harshly (5-10 years vs. 18 months).

In the Garden State, the law punishes merely possessing a gun more harshly than actually attempting to harm somebody with it.

Is it even remotely possible to pretend anymore that gun control is about public safety?

1 comment:

  1. What I don't get is the absence of anything more serious than the assault charge for the actual shooting. Per the jury instructions to a jury I was on, there are several more serious assault charges that would apply, with simple assault being the least of the lesser included charges possible. I voted to convict a guy who carved up another guy with a pocket knife on a much more serious charge, in that case. (The moral of that story is don't get drunk and stupid, incidentally).