New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow authorities to confiscate firearms from people with mental problems. This comes after the Supreme Court’s decision to ban gun sales to people purchasing weapons for others, also known as straw purchases. New Jersey Second Amendment Society President Frank Fiamingo told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that he does not have a problem with a law that would keep firearms from the wrong people but that the Supreme Court’s decision still has some terms that he does not agree with.
“I don’t think there’s anyone on the planet that wants people to be able to buy or purchase firearms to pass along to people who are the ‘bad guys,’ and in any case where the law would prohibit that, I don’t have a problem,” said Fiamingo. “But when you look at the details of this case, it’s kind of ironic that you have one individual who’s completely qualified to purchase a firearm who bought it and then gave it as a gift to another person who is completely qualified to possess and purchase a firearm.”
Fiamingo said that with the decision to ban gun sales to those purchasing weapons for others, the Supreme Court is ignoring the purpose and intent of the case and turning it into a meaning that they personally approve of.
Currently in New Jersey, lawmakers are working on a bill that aims to take weapons away from emotional unstable people. Fiamingo said that the bill proposed has no due process for the individual accused of being unstable.
Fiamingo said that there needs to be a clear set of conditions with the bill that would establish some degree or evidence of mental instability.
“I would want to see clear evidence that the individual has an opportunity to go through due process otherwise basically anyone can charge anyone with anything and that’s the problem,” said Fiamingo. “It’s not that we want to see guns in the hands of mentally disqualified. Of course we don’t, but what we don’t want to see more than that is taking firearms out of the hands of legally and lawfully qualified individuals.”