A Child’s Perspective On NJ Gun Laws - My9 New Jersey

A Child’s Perspective On NJ Gun Laws

Posted: Updated:
Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Nine year-old Shayanne Roberts is a competitive shooter who has been shooting for over four years. She has her own pink rifle she uses for competitions and was recently given a custom AR 15 semi-automatic rifle because the company admires her talents.

“It’s fun and it’s challenging,” Roberts says about her hobby.

Roberts has won numerous awards and is beloved by the National Rifle Association. She recently testified before the New Jersey legislature in an attempt to convince them that new gun legislation won’t reduce crime.

“If it wasn’t against the law, I would’ve brought one of my competition guns with me today to show you it won’t do anything unless someone touches it,” she said at the hearing.

Roberts and her family are one of the thousands of New Jerseyans who could end up being charged with a felony for owning a gun that has a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds if the recently passed law is signed by Governor Christie. Shayanne and her father Dan Roberts decided to discuss her passion and how she got started shooting responsibly.

“I can teach my kids to not stick a fork in an electrical outlet because they’ll get shocked. I can teach my kids not to touch a hot stove because they’ll get burned. I can teach my kids to stay away from a pool because if they don’t know how to swim they can get killed by drowning, but I can’t teach them how to not play with a firearm. It makes no sense,” Dan explained.

He also feels like Shayanne’s confidence has increased due to her success with shooting and that she has a protective mentality to make sure she takes care of her family no matter what the situation. Shayanne says that she knows the rules for handling her weapon.

“Always keep it pointed in a safe direction, never point it at anybody. Always treat a gun like it’s loaded and know what you’re shooting at,” she said.

Shayanne’s goal is to one day get to the Olympics.


Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

  • Chasing New JerseyMore>>

  • Fire Director Gets Off With $206 Fine For Hitting 3 Kids With Car

    Fire Director Gets Off With $206 Fine For Hitting 3 Kids With Car

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-08-20 15:53:43 GMT
    New Brunswick Fire Director Robert Rawls pleaded guilty yesterday to reckless driving after running over and injuring three under-age kids back in May. One kid broke her leg, another suffered a fractured hip and the third walked away with minor injuries. The fire director walked away with a minor fine of just $206. Jocelyn Pelaez was the victim who broke her leg and had to get screws and tubes put in in order to walk again. 
    New Brunswick Fire Director Robert Rawls pleaded guilty yesterday to reckless driving after running over and injuring three under-age kids back in May. One kid broke her leg, another suffered a fractured hip and the third walked away with minor injuries. The fire director walked away with a minor fine of just $206. Jocelyn Pelaez was the victim who broke her leg and had to get screws and tubes put in in order to walk again. 
  • Washington Redskins’ Name-Change Debate Hits Home

    Washington Redskins’ Name-Change Debate Hits Home

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:55 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:55:32 GMT
    The debate over whether or not to change the NFL Washington Redskins' name rages on. Some believe its offensive and politically incorrect to refer to Native Americans as “redskins”. Well, now this controversy has become local news in New Jersey and New York after legendary New York Giants quarterback and current announcer Phil Simms said he's going to try to avoid offending people during broadcasts this year and will not use the Redskins name while calling games.
    The debate over whether or not to change the NFL Washington Redskins' name rages on. Some believe its offensive and politically incorrect to refer to Native Americans as “redskins”. Well, now this controversy has become local news in New Jersey and New York after legendary New York Giants quarterback and current announcer Phil Simms said he's going to try to avoid offending people during broadcasts this year and will not use the Redskins name while calling games.
  • NJ Bodybuilding Championships Draw Firm & Fit Physiques

    NJ Bodybuilding Championships Draw Firm & Fit Physiques

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:49:25 GMT
    Michael Freeman won the first bodybuilding contest he ever entered on Saturday at the state championships at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. The win brought him to his knees and he says he's paid the price for this victory. “I definitely sacrificed a lot this year. This is probably the year I've been most focused in my life. And the reason is because I believe in myself,” he said. The championships brought scores of men and women out to the competition.
    Michael Freeman won the first bodybuilding contest he ever entered on Saturday at the state championships at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. The win brought him to his knees and he says he's paid the price for this victory. “I definitely sacrificed a lot this year. This is probably the year I've been most focused in my life. And the reason is because I believe in myself,” he said. The championships brought scores of men and women out to the competition.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices