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Published on May 11, 2013
Audio From May 9, 2013 - Audio captured after a New Jersey Senate session on Thursday possibly features several Democrats mocking gun owners and talking about gun "confiscation," Frank Jack Fiamingo, president of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, told TheBlaze on Friday. The hot-mic recording opens with what seems to be a female senator or staff member saying, "We need a bill that is going to confiscate, confiscate, confiscate." Because of the low-quality of the audio, there is a possibility that she is saying something slightly different, however, the words "confiscate" are very clear.
"They want to keep guns out of the hands of bad guys but they don't have any regulations...to do it," another woman says, identified possibly as Democrat state Sen. Loretta Weinberg by the Star-Ledger.
"They don't care about the bad guys," yet another female voice chimes in. "All they want to do is to have their little guns and do whatever they want with them." The Star-Ledger reports that those comments sound like they came from another Democrat, Sandra Cunningham.
"That's the line they've developed," a woman who sounds like Democrat state Sen. Linda Greenstein says, according to the Star-Ledger.
Fiamingo said he is nearly positive that one of the voices heard in the audio is that of Greenstein.
"She has a very discernible accent," he told TheBlaze. However, he did admit that without video it's still difficult to prove it beyond any doubt. "It is disturbing audio regardless," Fiamingo added. The New Jersey Second Amendment Society pulled the audio directly from the New Jersey Legislature's website, which archives past Senate sessions for the public to review. You can review the audio yourself here. The relevant comments come at the very end of the audio from the May 9 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting.
TheBlaze has reviewed the audio from the New Jersey Legislature's website and can verify that the transcript appears to be accurate. However, we can not independently verify the identities of the women in the audio.
During TheBlaze's investigation, we discovered that Weinberg (D-Bergen) told the Star-Ledger that she doesn't know who used the word "confiscate" during the exchange, seemingly admitting that one of the voices in the audio is hers.
"Cunningham (D-Hudson) and Greenstein (D-Middlesex) could not be reached for comment today," the report adds.