NJ Gun Magazine Limit Bill to Be Debated – Does Smaller Equal Safer? [POLL]
Opponents of a bill to limit the size of gun magazines from 15 rounds down to 10 are getting ready to mobilize against legislators who seem poised to pass legislation limiting the size of magazines.
The bill (A2006) is a response to the shootings of Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, as well as the Newtown Massacre that killed 26 last year.
It was members of the families of those killed who traveled here twice to push for the measure – saying that had gunman Adam Lanza smaller magazines in the weapon he used to slaughter the innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School, fewer would have died.
Opponents feel otherwise.
According to this story from nj.com:
The bill (A2006) — a response to the 2012 Newtown, Conn., school massacre and the 2011 Arizona mass shooting that killed six and severely wounded U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) — would reduce the size of magazines permitted in New Jersey from 15 rounds to 10.
The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee plans to take up the measure at 1:00pm.
Parents of Newtown victims have traveled to New Jersey twice to support the bill, saying many students escaped death because the shooter had to reload his magazine.
Gun rights advocates — who showed up to committee meetings by the hundreds last year to protest other proposed gun control laws — claim the bill will do nothing to enhance public safety and will only embolden criminals.
The bill had been opposed by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), who faced re-election last year in a competitive legislative district. Sweeney, however, now supports it.
I don’t own a gun – but it’s problematic to me to what seems like a continuing process of tying the hands of the law-abiding, responsible gun owner.
The only way someone like Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook murderer, would have been stopped would have been his never having had access to his mother’s weaponry in the first place – and not the size of the magazines therein.
But it’s a little late to blame her now!