NJ Senate Committee Passes Bill to Limit Magazine Capacity
Senate Bill 993 in New Jersey continues to move forward as it was passed by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. If passed, the bill will lower the number of rounds a gun magazine can contain in the Garden State from 15 to 10.
A similar bill failed to pass last year, but due to some back-room dealings, it looks like the bill is set to sail through the legislature this year.
The NRA-ILA released a statement about the bill,
Today, the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee passed Senate Bill 993 today on a party line 3 to 2 vote. As previously reported, S.993 seeks to restrict the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10 rounds and ban certain popular firearms. Under the guise of public safety, anti-gun politicians continue their efforts to erode the Second Amendment rights of New Jersey residents. New Jersey is one of only a few states which already has a magazine restriction, and another arbitrary limit will have no impact on crime or criminals. Instead, this legislation demonstrably favors criminals who prefer to prey on unarmed victims.
Senate Bill 993 now goes to the Senate floor where it will be scheduled for consideration. It is now more important than ever to contact your state Senator and respectfully, yet insistently, urge him or her to vote AGAINST S.993. Contact information for state Senators can be found here.
The real question here, and something that many people want to see, is whether Republican Governor Chris Christie will sign the bill when it reaches his desk.
It’s no secret Christie might be considering a 2016 run for the White House and he would certainly need the support of the gun owning population to have a chance.
Christie has been a mixed bag on guns so far. Last year, following Sandy Hook, Chritie pushed for some gun restrictions and then turned around and vetoed some anti-gun legislation that reached his desk.