Bill Banning High-Capacity Magazines in NJ Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Lou Greenwald, Annette Quijano, Albert Coutinho, Tim Eustace to ban the sale of high-capacity magazines capable of carrying more than 10 rounds in New Jersey was approved Today by an Assembly committee.

“High-capacity magazines have only one purpose – to inflict the most damage possible in the shortest amount of time. It is time we make public safety a priority and ban these magazines which have fueled some of the worst shootings in this country,” said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington).

Under current law, magazines capable of holding a maximum of 15 rounds of ammunition are legal in New Jersey. The bill would reduce the lawful maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds. The limit proposed by the bill would bring New Jersey’s laws in line with the magazine limits contained in the original 1994 assault weapons ban (10 rounds).

The bill is part of the Assembly Democratic gun violence prevention package.

“Large capacity magazines were used in the mass shootings in Arizona, Columbine and Virginia Tech. They serve no other purpose but to allow a shooter to shoot longer without having to reload. In the debate over gun safety, saving lives should always come first,” said Quijano (D-Union).

“Because of their ability to hold so many rounds of ammunition, large capacity magazines significantly increase the lethality of certain weapons,” said Coutinho (D-Essex). “In the wrong hands, they are deadly. We don’t pretend that this will end all gun violence, but it will certainly help.”

“This bill is not meant to restrict law-abiding gun owners, but rather make it more difficult for individuals intent on hurting others to unleash the type of carnage we saw in Newtown,” said Eustace (D-Bergen). “When defenseless children are slaughtered, I think it is time to reevaluate our priorities.”

“We have seen the level of damage that these high-capacity magazines can cause too many times. We may not be able to stop an individual who is intent on gunning down innocent people, but we can at least try to limit the extent of the damage that they can inflict,” said Johnson (D-Bergen).

The bill is in response to the 2011 mass shooting in Arizona which left six people dead and 13 others injured, including Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The shooter used a large capacity ammunition magazine. High-capacity magazines were also used in Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Texas and the Pettit & Martin Law Offices in San Francisco.

The bill was released by the Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee. TLS.

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  1. Humm, what next? Knives are used by a lot of criminals. Will out esteemed legislators now make me turn in my kitchen knife set because it contains 15 various use knives?

  2. An average car can go 120mph-160mph; is that next on your list?
    = of course not; because democrats love their high powered luxury cars.

    A bottle of vodka contains 60% alcohol; is that next on your list?
    = of course not; democrats love having a drink or two, or three.

    A bar can serve someone enough alcohol which will make them to drunk to drive legally. is that next on your list?
    = of course not. democrats love going to to a bar and enjoying a couple drinks.

    since more innocent people die from car wrecks & dwi’s, why the hypocrisy? oh i get it! gun control isn’t about guns, nor saving lives; its about control. democrats are slowly disarming citizens to create a society dependent upon cops and government is all that this is about.

  3. This is just a knee jerk reaction by liberals to Sandy Hook. After gun registration, and ammunition sales registration the government will have a nice list of what you own when they come to confiscate your weapons as the government did in England. Then only the criminals and the government will have guns. And soon that may be the same thing!

  4. This is just one more dumb law that will not curb terrorist or criminal attacks. Terrorist and other criminals do not observe the law, only law abiding citizens do that.

    What it very well may do is put the terrorist/criminal at an advantage over the law abiding citizen who may need to defend himself, his family, and his property.

  5. “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined, nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants. They serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides from an unarmed man, may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” Thomas Paine

  6. “By removing the Bible from schools we would be wasting so much time and money in punishing criminals and so little pains to prevent crime. Take the Bible out of our schools and there would be an explosion in crime.” Benjamin Rush (1745 – 1813)

    This my friends is the root of the problem- the heart of man… not magazines capacity!

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