WE MUST WELCOME ALL THE NEW GUN OWNERS! 1ST SHAKE YOUR HEAD, THEN DO THE RIGHT THING!
by Michael Celano for Black Wire Media Aug. 25, 2020
If you've been the least bit vocal about your love for the 2nd Amendment and/or the shooting sports in general, don't look now, but you've become THAT GUY (or GAL)!
The "Go-To" for all things firearms related in your circle of friends AND long-lost relatives. You're no longer "that Gun Nut" that's merely tolerated at parties, vacations and family events. Hell, YOU'RE THE EXPERT! An automatic expert on every facet & minutia concerning NJ gun law, the permitting process, buying, shooting, cleaning, feeding & servicing every firearm, every platform known to mankind. Period.
It's an AWESOME responsibility, so be prepared for it.
Between Covid, riots in the streets, the defund the Police movement, and an uncertain future, the formerly gun-hating (actually fencepost-sitting) public is buying firearms like they're going to be OUTLAWED next week! As heard on Gun For Hire Radio, some NJ shore towns have reported a 1,000% increase in NJFPID card applicants! Hell, even the main stream media contacted us just last week to ask about where all the ammo went (see The Star Ledger story of Aug. 21st)!
Your job as a defender of freedom is to put your sarcasm aside and TEACH! Don't get too preachy, and go slow. Welcome them into gun ownership. Take them shooting, introduce them to 2A groups such as CNJFO, give them our Black Wire Blog archive webpage: www.cnjfo.com/news and let them LEARN at their speed. There's a LOT of unconstitutionality to cover, so LET US DO IT FOR YOU!
Use personal experiences, highlight some obvious to everyone overreach, and present the material in such a way as to initiate more questions, cause after-all, YOU ARE THE EXPERT!
We leave you with a scenario that's comical to us "Old Hands" and currently happening throughout NJ to thousands of newly-minted "Experts" and their new gun-owning friends & relatives.
From action shooter Michael Celano:
"Friend 4 years ago:
“No one should have access to firearms. But if you are going to have them, you should have to take a class and get certified! And you definitely shouldn’t have access to "assault weapons" (evil, black, scary-lookin' rifles). You also should have to get a background check to buy a gun.”
Same friend 4 months ago:
“I tried to buy a gun and they wouldn’t sell it to me!! They told me I need a firearms ID card (background check). Can’t I just go to a gun show?”
Me: “No sh*t. I told you that 4 years ago. Go online to your police department and download the forms. And submit. And no, dummy, you can’t go to a gun show! A ~ there are none in Jersey. B ~ you still need a permit!”
Same friend 3 weeks ago:
“I don’t understand why it’s taking so long for me to get a permit. It's been well over 2 months! This is ridiculous.”
Same friend last week:
“I got my ID and permit, I went to the store and they are out of stock on everything!”
Same friend 2 days ago:
“I bought a rifle and a pistol. I couldn’t find any ammo though, so can you give me some of yours? Oh and can you take me to your range and teach me how to use it? I looked online and there aren’t any classes”
Me: .....just shaking my effing head.
---Michael Celano, OBR&PC member