As New Jersey lawmakers continue on a quest for ever-stricter gun laws, the State Assembly is readying discussion over a bill to reduce maximum magazine capacity from 15 to 10 rounds. Because the bill covers both fixed and detachable magazines, it could prohibit at least 43 common rifles, including popular .22 caliber models.
The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs recently collaborated with firearms experts throughout the Nation to sift through legalese in the gun ban bill in an effort to understand what the full consequence of passing the legislation would be for New Jersey gun owners.
They discovered that, because the bill affects tube-fed semiautomatics with magazines that are not detachable, 43 common firearms would essentially be banned as “assault rifles.” The owners of such weapons would become overnight felons if the law passes.
This change would flat-out ban many common and popular tube-fed .22 rifles, including the partial list of guns that would be banned at the bottom of this alert.
Those in possession of these popular guns would be turned into felons overnight for possession of so-called “assault” firearms – a second degree crime in New Jersey carrying up to ten years in prison, with a minimum mandatory sentence of 3-5 years, with no chance of parole.
[The bill] contains no grandfathering to protect current owners, and no amnesty period or procedure for current owners who wish to comply (in ironic contradiction to the legislature’s creation of a limited “assault” firearms amnesty period in 2013, which has since expired).
Here’s a look at three of the firearms New Jersey’s lawmakers would like to declare “assault weapons”:
Browning Semi-Auto 22
Marlin Model 60
Remington Model 552
The New Jersey proposal either a perfect example of clueless lawmakers attempting to enact new legislation on something that they know nothing about, or proof that banning all guns (not just scary black ones) is the true agenda of those writing anti-gun laws. What do you think?