BREAKING: NJ Legislature Reaches Back Room Deal to Limit Magazine Capacity to 10 Rounds
NJ.com is reporting that they have two inside sources who are saying that a back room deal has been struck among legislatures in both houses of New Jersey’s legislature.
The move would allow a bill that would restrict magazine capacity to 10 rounds to pass the full state legislature.
In “exchange” a bill will also be passed that allows people traveling through New Jersey to make short stops while transporting firearms in their vehicles without fear of arrest. It should be noted that most states allow firearms to be transported in vehicles with little to no restrictions already.
According to NJ.com, State Senate President Sweeney held up a similar bill last year in the Senate, but is now changing his stance,
The magazine limit was initially passed last year in the Assembly, but was held up in the Senate where Sweeney (D-Gloucester) refused to put the measure for a vote. At the time, Sweeney called the current 15-round limit “reasonable.”
But two sources say Sweeney is now prepared to pass the 10-round limit. Assemblyman Lou Greenwald (D-Camden), who sponsored the measure in the lower chamber last year, said the Assembly is fully on board with the proposal as well.
“We’ve been part of this discussion and we’ve always said there has to be a limit on magazine size,” Greenwald said. “There is a position now that everyone is comfortable with that will allow the passage of both bills.”
The article does not mention if existing 11-15 round magazines that are currently legal will be grandfathered in or outlawed outright.
It is also unknown if Governor Chris Christie would sign such a bill.