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Gun Debate Rages On In New Jersey

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Yesterday at the state house, a hearing was held on a controversial bill that would ban all gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Currently, gun owners can own a magazine that holds 15 rounds. Essentially this means you can fire a gun 15 times without having to reload.

Senator Weinberg started off explaining that smaller magazines would save lives.

“Today we are taking this stand to reduce gun violence,” she stated.

However, the room was packed with pro-second Amendment groups like Anthony Colandro who owns a security company and said that if the law is signed he’ll immediately become a felon because he owns $30,000-$50,000 worth of magazines that he uses for training at his facility that would end up being illegal under the new law. He’s so upset by the proposed bill that he publicly acknowledged that he plans to ignore it if passed.

“Today I’m a law-abiding citizen and taxpayer. Tomorrow I’m going to be a felon because of a couple of signatures with no compensation, that’s against the Constitution. I’m not complying. I will be the first person to go to the state house with a 15 round magazine and hold it up on the state house lawn and I will get arrested and hopefully 10,000, 100,000 or one-million gun owners will do the same thing with me,” he said.

At the same time this hearing was going on, gun advocates suffered another setback because the Supreme Court decided not to hear the case of John Drake who was challenging whether New Jersey’s tough laws were unconstitutional.

Frank Fiamingo, the president of the 2nd Amendment society, said he doesn’t understand the Supreme Court’s logic in their ruling.

“How can you have a Constitutional Amendment that says “the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” and yet be required by the state of New Jersey to demonstrate a justifiable need in order to exercise that right?” he questioned.

The gun magazine law is expected to pass, but the real debate is going to be whether or not Governor Christie decides to veto it going forward.


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