NJ Democrats Officially Introduce Bill to Limit Magazine Capacity to 10 Rounds, Expected to Pass
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Last week we reported that NJ lawmakers had reached a backroom deal that would allow a magazine capacity restriction bill to pass both houses of the state legislature. Last year, the legislation was blocked in the state senate, but it now seems all roads are clear for this unconstitutional bill to make it to the governor’s desk.
The bill would lower NJ’s current magazine capacity limit from 15 to 10 and it would also ban semi-auto rifles with fixed magazines that have a capacity greater than 10 rounds.
According to Philly.com,
“When you meet families that lost their loved ones, it’s pretty hard to explain why you can’t do a simple thing like this to make lives a little bit easier,” said Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester).
The Assembly passed the same bill last year, but Sweeney refused to bring it up for a vote in the Senate. On Monday, he said he changed his position after speaking with people like the Sandy Hook parents. “And, honestly, I’m proud I did,” he said.
“To lawful gun owners – who I have great deal of respect for – we’re not hurting one of them,” said Sweeney, who grew emotional at the news conference. “For sportsmen, we’re not hurting one. And if it prevents one child or one person from losing their life, we should do it.”
I’m trying to find a copy of the actual bill to see how it addresses currently legally owned magazines and rifles.
It’s unclear if “Republican” Governor Chris Christie would sign the bill if it reaches his desk. A spokesman for the Governor’s office said Christie would “make a decision in due course” if the bill passes the legislature.