When Phil Murphy won the New Jersey governor's race in the fall, it gave Democrats a rare "trifecta" - control of the New Jersey Assembly, the Senate, and the Governor's Mansion. The party is using those advantages to push gun safety legislation, and seven of those bills are getting a hearing on February 28 in front of the Judiciary Committee. They are:
AB 2761 - by Reps. Louis Greenwald (D) and Carol Murphy (D) - Reduces maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds; exempts firearms with .22 caliber tubular magazines from 10 round limitation.
AB 2759 - by Reps. Louis Greenwald (D) and Carol Murphy (D) - Prohibits possession of ammunition capable of penetrating body armor.
AB 2758 - by Rep. Louis Greenwald (D) - Codifies regulations defining justifiable need to carry handgun.
AB 2757 - by Reps. Louis Greenwald (D) and Jamel Holley (D) - Requires background check for private gun sales.
AB 1016 - by Gordon Johnson (D), Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D), Tim Eustace (D) and Benjie Wimberly - Establishes commission to approve personalized handguns; requires firearm retailers to sell personalized handguns.
AB 1217 - by John McKeon (D) - Authorizes gun violence restraining orders and firearm seizure warrants.
AB 1181 - by Patricia Egan Jones (D), Gabriela Mosquera (D), Shavonda Sumter (D), Joann Downey (D), and Arthur Barclay (D) - Requires firearms seizure when mental health professional determines patient poses threat of harm to self or others.
These bills represent a step in the right direction when it comes to proper regulation of firearms. LEAP Forward is grading all action on these bills and is urging SUPPORT.