NJ Set To Pass Firearm Magazine Restriction Laws
New Jersey is known for having some of the most ridiculous firearm laws on the books, and with these new laws set to be signed into law by the Governor of New Jersey; it looks like things are only about to get worse.
The New Jersey Senate passed a package of gun bills which had been previously adopted by the Assembly. These bills will have virtually no impact on public safety and do little more than punish law-abiding gun owners according to the NRA-ILA.
S.102 by Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D) which reduces the minimum magazine capacity restriction from 15 to 10 rounds. The 15-round limit has had no demonstrated effectiveness on improving public safety and it puts law-abiding gun owners at a definite disadvantage in self-defense situations. There is a reason law enforcement is exempted. Criminals do not follow magazine capacity restrictions. A weak grandfathering provision has been adopted whereby gun owners can keep their magazines if they are permanently blocked and the firearm is registered. The bill passed the Senate on a vote of 23 to 13.
S.160/A.1181 would allow for suspension of gun rights by unaccountable “health professionals.” This bill goes so far as to allow marriage counselors, social workers and nurses to cause suspension of your legal rights. The bill passed the Senate on a vote of 30 to 5.
S.2376/A.2758 codifies New Jersey’s “justifiable need” standard for the issuance of concealed carry permits. The bill is a striking blow to the basic fundamental right to self-defense outside the home. It creates a standard so onerous that nobody can meet it, hence the issuance of permits in New Jersey is close to non-existent. The bill passed the Senate on a vote of 24 to 13.
S.2374/A.2757 would require background checks on all firearm transfers. Again, this is redundant because all transactions in New Jersey require a background check. The private transfer of long guns requires an FID card and the issuance of that card requires fingerprinting, a background check and references, among other things. This bill does nothing except add another layer of bureaucracy and fees to an already cumbersome and duplicative process. The bill passed the Senate on a vote of 31 to 3.
S.2259/A.1217 creates extreme risk protection orders whereby firearms can be seized and constitutional rights suspended with little to no due process. The bill fails to penalize those who fabricate accusations, and it does nothing to improve public safety. The bill passed the Senate on a vote of 32 to 5.
New Jersey lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled state legislature believe the regulation will be approved later this week as part of a broader gun control package. Some of the bills passed the legislature in previous years but were vetoed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who left office on Jan. 16.
New Jersey isn’t alone in their insanity when it comes to outrageous firearm legislation. This is where we take a look at a town called Deerfield, Illinois.
The Chicago suburb recently passed a law, where AR-15’s and other firearms that look scary, along with a host of handguns, have to be transferred out of the village limits, turned over to the police, or destroyed.
Owning these firearms is not permitted within Deerfield and non-compliance could carry a $250-$1,000/ day fee. Yes, the National Rifle Association has joined a lawsuit against the provision. It’s absurd. Gun ownership has been banned in a slice of America. That’s grossly unconstitutional (via Chicago Tribune):
The ordinance enacted April 2 by the Deerfield Village Board gives residents until June 13 to turn in any guns that fit the village’s definition of assault weapons, remove them from the village or modify the guns so they’re no longer considered assault weapons. The ordinance empowers the town’s police chief to confiscate the assault weapons of anyone charged under the ordinance.
Owners found in violation can be fined up to $1,000 a day, according to the ordinance.
Two lawsuits were filed in April challenging the ordinance on various grounds, including a claim that the ordinance deprives gun owners of property they are legally entitled to possess. The plaintiffs in both lawsuits are asking for a temporary restraining order to block Deerfield from enforcing the ban until the court can hear their arguments for a permanent injunction.
A hearing to consider the restraining order motions is set for June 8, just days before the ban is set to take effect. (Read More)
“The fast-approaching compliance date compels plaintiffs to seek more immediate and intermediate relief until this matter can be fully heard on the merits,” said attorney David Sigale in a petition on behalf of Deerfield gun owner Daniel Easterday, the Illinois State Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation.
Sigale’s petition notes that Deerfield residents in possession of the those weapons face prosecution, confiscation and destruction of their property and hefty monetary fines.
This is one of the most horrendous Gun Control attempts I have seen in a long time. An ignorant and feeble minded attempt by anti-gun progressive leftist politicians. A moronic idea that is solely based on the cosmetic aesthetics of a firearm only. Not the form or function of the firearm whatsoever.
With this one ordnance, the village of Deerfield has turned dozens, if not hundreds of Legal, law abiding gun owners, into criminals.