Skip to comments.N.J. Assembly passes package of gun bills despite Republicans' protest
Posted on 02/21/2013 9:03:46 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
TRENTON The state Assembly wasted little time today approving 22 bills intended to curb gun violence despite protests from Republicans, who said Democrats put the legislation, some of it flawed, on too fast a track.
The session was largely free of the drama provided by a rowdy crowd that jammed the Statehouse annex for last weeks hearing, but opponents vowed a fierce political battle ahead if the measures advanced any further.
"They have awakened a sleeping giant in an election year," Scott Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, said in an interview shortly before the vote.
Most of the nearly two dozen bills taken up in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., were approved largely along party lines, and a few received near-unanimous support.
Among the most controversial of the measures approved was one that would limit the size of ammunition magazines to 10 shells from the current 15 (A1329). Others would outlaw .50 caliber weapons (A3659), create weapon-free school zones (A1387), require background checks for private gun sales (A3748) and require safety training for people seeking firearm purchase permits (A3510).
"The work we are trying to do is an effort to be comprehensive," Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) said in comments the floor. "It is an effort not only to be comprehensive but to strike the needed balance between protecting the beautiful document that is our Constitution and the amendments that it holds."
The bills have a long way to go, however. They have to be approved by the full Senate and signed by Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, who sounded a skeptical note today.
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There’s a LOT of crap legislation getting “passed” all over the U.S.
Let’s see how this plays out in the courts.
Better yet, let’s see how these clowns respond to massive non-compliance.
It’s getting WORSE, REAL fast! Please share this with as many as you can, as QUICKLY as you can!
I’m sure Fatso will sign them, cheerfully.
He needs to one up Cuomo for the 2016 nomination ya know ...
Funny how democrats NEVER run on these issues.
But the fools in NJ vote for the fools who will give them more free government cheese.
Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) supports more Sandy Hook massacres.
He's not going to jeopardize the November reelection chances of any NJ Republican among the soccer moms in a meaningless gesture. The no-fly list prohibition received more than 2/3, and 15-rounds received less than 2/3. I don't have the totals for any others.
I guess patriotic Americans should not enlist in the military then, if they would then lose their constitutional rights.