Two bills changing gun laws pass NJ Assembly

By Maynard & Sumner, LLC of Maynard & Sumner, LLC posted in Weapons Charges on Friday, March 28, 2014.

On March 24, 2014, Assemble Bill No. 2006, which would limit the capacity of magazine clips for automatic weapons, passed the New Jersey Assembly and entered the Senate, and was referred to the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. The highly controversial bill has once again pitted anti-gun and gun-rights activists against one another. Specifically, the bill bans firearm magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, thus redefining a “large capacity ammunition magazine.” Under current NJ State law, the current definition of “large capacity ammunition magazine” is a magazine with the capacity to hold more than 15 rounds. This bill is in response to the Arizona shooting, which killed six people and injured thirteen, including US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. It is a fourth degree weapons crime to possess a magazine with the capacity to hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition.

The New Jersey Assembly also passed Assembly Bill No. A2227, which defines “deviations” as applied to gun owners who are transporting their weapons. The Sponsor’s Statement, attached to A2227, states:

Under current law, certain persons are authorized to transport a firearm in this State [New Jersey] if the firearm is unloaded and is either contained in a closed and fastened case or locked in the trunk of the motor vehicle. This applied to licensed firearms dealers traveling during their normal business; firearms owners transporting their firearms for repairs; members of authorized rifle and pistol clubs transporting their firearms to and from target practice; person traveling to hunting or fishing destination; and persons traveling to certain firearms exhibitions.

Persons authorized to transport a firearm under these circumstances may, in the course of travel, take only those deviations that are reasonably necessary under the circumstances. This bill defines “deviations as are reasonably necessary” to mean collecting and discharging passengers, purchasing fuel, using a restroom, and contending with an emergency situation.

To read the bills in their entirety, see A2006 and A2227.

Sources: “Assembly Panel Advances Limits on Magazines for Automatic Weapons,” New Jersey Law Journal.

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