[Note: This article originally appeared at WND. It looks like the leadership of the New Jersey State Assembly Committee on Law and Public Safety tried to pull a fast one on the citizens who were there to testify. - Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor]
Thwart attempt to vote before public comment at raucous hearing
DENVILLE, N.J. – Approximately 500 citizens crammed into a room at the Statehouse Annex in Trenton, N.J., for a raucous public hearing on gun-control held by the New Jersey State Assembly Committee on Law and Public Safety.
The stated purpose was to allow New Jersey citizens to comment on a package of 24 gun-control bills that have been rammed through the committee in recent weeks.
The various proposed bills aim to restrict severely or, in certain instances, to ban outright the possession of firearms in the Garden State.
While some of the bills have been modified slightly and some have been consolidated, most were voted out of committee as originally proposed.
The Feb. 13 hearing began with an unusual suggestion from the chairman that a committee vote on the proposed legislation be taken before citizens in attendance were permitted to testify.
As the hearing started, the chairman, Democratic Assemblyman Charles Mainor, told the packed hearing room, “Everyone who has applied to speak on the bills will speak at the end.”
That meant after the committee had voted, which generated howls of protest from the gallery.
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