Bill Criminalizing Possession of Ammunition for Convicted Criminals Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon M. Johnson and Tim Eustace that would make it illegal for convicted criminals in the state to purchase, own or otherwise possess ammunition was released Thursday from the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.

“There has been an explosion of gun violence in our country in recent months, shattering lives from Aurora to Old Bridge and leaving everyone wondering what we can do to prevent the next tragedy before it happens,” said Johnson (D-Bergen). “A simple way to approach this problem is to regulate the very thing that makes guns so dangerous – their ammunition.”

Under the bill it would be illegal for certain convicted criminals to purchase, own or otherwise possess ammunition. Anyone convicted of the following crimes would be restricted from possessing ammunition: aggravated assault; arson; burglary; extortion; homicide; kidnapping; robbery; bias intimidation; endangering the welfare of a child; stalking; any crime involving domestic violence; any crime involving drug trafficking; any crime involving gun trafficking; disarming a law enforcement officer; carjacking; human trafficking; racketeering; chemical, biological or nuclear weapons trafficking; terrorism and more. Violators would face penalties up to 18 months in prison and fines of up to $10,000 or both.

“We can’t stop the flow of guns into New Jersey from outside our borders without help from our neighboring states or the federal government,” said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). “However, by cracking down on ammunition sales, we can make it much harder for criminals to obtain the very thing that makes their weapons so deadly.” TLS.

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  1. Yep. Just like the law that stops crooks from getting guns. Another “feel good” law which will serve no useful purpose. Don’t our legislators have more important items to legislate on – like double & triple dippers, health care & pension for part-timers, etc? Oops – sorry – I forgot – our legislators are part-timers.

  2. more laws are not the solution to this tragedy ,does anyone believe that someone who is bent on killing innocent children would not do it because its illegal to either own or by ammunition ? lets start by better security at ALL schools , you will never get into the minds of these evil people to know when they will perpertrate such heinous acts of violence .

  3. There is not going to be a single solution to violence. This is just one of many pieces that we can address. And if in the process it “feels good”, well, then good.

  4. As we mourn the loss of innocent lives…we MUST look to ways of protecting our children, our families and our friends. In Israel, citizens are aware of the need for self-protection. Schools, beaches, shopping malls all have Israeli citizens ready-willing- and able to protect its people. Being prepared is step #1. Learning how to stop a threat, how to neutralize an aggressor is well taught throughout the country. Would school personnel have been able to prevent the carnage by being prepared-by being taught how to use firearms? You don’t see this carnage in Israel.

  5. To #7 cars and alcohol aren’t highly regulated anyone over 21 can buy alcohol and anyone can buy a car so how are cars and alcohol highly regulated

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