The New Jersey Assembly’s Law and Public Safety Committee is considering a bill that limits magazine capacity to ten rounds and bans many popular rifles along the way.
The magazine limitations deal with detachable as well as fixed magazines. For this reason, the passage of the measure would mean .22 rifles with fixed magazines beyond ten rounds–43 rifles including the “Marlin Model 60, Remington Nylon 66 and Winchester 190″–would be numbered with banned “assault [firearms].”
“Possession of an ‘assault firearm’ is a second-degree crime in New Jersey.” It carries a penalty of up to ten years in jail.
The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs’ Scott Bach said, “This bill is a gun ban, there’s no question about that.” He added, “If it becomes law, it would have zero impact on crime because criminals don’t follow bans. It would only affect legal gun owners by essentially tying their hands when they need to defend their lives.”
Worse yet, as written, the bill has “no grandfather clause and no amnesty period.” The moment it becomes law, anyone in possession of one of the newly banned rifles “is automatically a felon” and his or her weapons “are subject to seizure by the government.”
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