May 08 2014

NJ Senate Committee Passes .22 Rifle, Magazine Ban


New Jersey’s Senate Law and Public Safety Committee has passed Senate Bill 993, a bill banning certain .22 rifles and limiting all magazines to 10 rounds or less. The vote was along party lines, 3 to 2.

The bill would ban any .22 rifle with a fixed magazine of over 10 rounds. This includes the Marlin Model 60, Remington Nylon 66, and Winchester 190 – along with 40 other .22 rifles that will be classified as “assault rifles” if the bill is signed into law. Currently, a rifle with a fixed magazine must have a capacity of 15 rounds or more to be considered an “assault firearm.”

The bill was introduced in January and is sponsored by sponsored by state senators Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and Nia H. Gill (D-34). They state that the bill is in response to “the horrific tragedy in Arizona where the assailant utilized a large capacity ammunition magazine that resulted in the death of six people and injuries to thirteen others, including Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.”

Once passed in the Senate and signed, the bill would take into effect within three months. In New Jersey, possession of an assault rifle is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum of three to five years without parole. The bill has no grandfather clause and no amnesty period, which would make law-abiding gun owners into criminals overnight and subject to police confiscation of their firearms.

Last year, New Jersey state legislators were caught on a hot microphone making the remark, “We needed a bill that was going to confiscate, confiscate, confiscate.” This bill would be a first step towards that end.

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