Uncertain Future For NJ Gun Bills
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. April 26, 2013
Measures introduced in the New Jersey Senate to strengthen the state’s gun control laws differ from the bills the Assembly passed in February. That ‘s putting the future of any of the legislation in doubt.
Unlike the Assembly measures, Senate President Steve Sweeney says the Senate bills do not call for reducing the maximum capacity of gun magazines to 10 bullets.
“The President of the United States said Colorado is a national model. Colorado has 15 rounds. Federally where they couldn’t get gun laws approved it was 15 rounds that they were trying to do.”
Bryan Miller is executive director of Heeding God’s Call, a gun violence prevention organization. He says lower limits on gun magazines are needed.
“ We know that there have been many occasions where people intent on mass mayhem have been stopped at the point where they have to change their magazine.”
Majority Leader Lou Greenwald says the Assembly won’t agree on legislation that does not include a ban on high capacity gun clips.
“There would not be enough votes in the Assembly from what I can see, and the advocates are not supportive of a measure that doesn’t include those, and quite honestly it would not have the impact necessary to reduce violence. So it would not longer be a gun violence protection bill.”
Legislative leaders are holding out hope they will be able to reach some sort of compromise.