DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS MOVE TO RESTRICT FIREARMS’ MAGAZINES

Two democratic lawmakers in New Jersey have introduced a bill that would reinstate a provision of the 1994 assault weapons ban in the state.

Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Louis Greenwald (D-Camden) and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) today announced they have introduced legislation (A-3807), which would protect New Jerseyans and reduce violent gun crimes by imposing tighter limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines for firearms.

“The prevalence of high-capacity magazines for guns makes it appallingly simple for criminals, terrorists, or unstable individuals to kill many innocent people quickly,” said Greenwald. “By re-instituting a reasonable limit on gun magazine capacity that has already been proven successful, we will save innocent lives.”

Under the bill, magazines used in firearms would be limited to a maximum capacity of 10 rounds. This bill would enact a state-level prohibition designed to mirror a provision of the successful 1994 assault weapons ban championed by then-President Clinton, which cracked down on high-capacity magazines by limiting magazines to 10 rounds.

“It is abundantly clear that the use of high-capacity magazines has, more often than not, been used with malicious intent,” said Quijano. “By eliminating the availability of high-capacity magazines in New Jersey, the hope is to limit the number of injuries or casualties in the event of an armed assault. This type of measure has been successful in the past, and if we can re-implement it, all New Jerseyans will be that much safer.”

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