One New Jersey mayor has created his own litmus test for potential police pistol vendors – a list of six questions he plans to pose to any firearms manufacturer that hopes to sell handguns to his cops in his city.
In an opinion piece, published last week in the Huffington Post, titled “A new approach on gun
reform – let’s get started,” Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop laments that Congress has failed to enact a single reform “that would make children safer from gun violence.”
Change must come from the local level,” Fulop wrote, adding that “we can no longer wait on Washington to change national policy.”
Taking the matter into his own hands, Fulop noted that police “are huge buyers of guns and ammunition but have not taken advantage of their power in the marketplace to demand change from gun manufacturers. This has been a missed opportunity that must be — and will be — reversed.”
According to his HuffPo story, Fulop will ask any potential dealer the following questions:
– What do you do to combat illegal gun trafficking and illegal gun crime?
– Do you manufacturer and sell assault weapons for civilian use?
– Do you agree not to sell certain models of firearms for civilian use?
– Are you requiring your dealers to conduct background checks?
– Do you fund research related to gun violence and smart gun technology?
– Will you commit to prohibiting your brand name from being used in violent video games?
Even though there are about a hundred things wrong with these questions – such as a manufacturer’s ability to issue requirements to their dealers, or the mere mention of smart gun technology – the Jersey City Department of Public Safety will incorporate this lunacy into its bid requirements.
Good luck with that.
Fulop calls it a “policy statement for our expectations of what gun manufacturers owe the American people when it comes to their safety and the safety of their loved ones.”
Larry Keane, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation told a New Jersey Public Television reporter, “We think it’s wrong and inappropriate to use politics as criteria for selecting the best firearm that meets the needs of law enforcement officers.”
Mr. Keane was being kind.
I think it’s time the good citizens of Jersey City ask their mayor to submit to a test of his own – the kind that involves filling up a small plastic up with a tight-fitting lid.
One NRA board member has already called on manufacturers to boycott the Jersey City Police.
It’s a good plan but I’d hate to see the officers penalized for their mayor’s ignorance.
Besides, I don’t know what they carry, but given their mayor’s histrionics over handguns, I’m guessing their toting rusty, shot-out S&W Model 10s.