N.J. to try again to limit gun magazine capacity

Posted: February 23, 2014

A bill is to be introduced next week in the New Jersey Legislature that would restrict gun magazine capacity, setting up a possible fight with Gov. Christie and gun-rights groups.

A group of lawmakers is scheduled to announce the measure Monday alongside family members of schoolchildren who were fatally shot in 2012 at an elementary school in Sandy Hook, Conn.

The bill would reduce magazine capacity to 10 from 15. The Assembly passed a similar bill last year, but Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) blocked it in that chamber. Sweeney is now on board with the proposal, a person familiar with the matter said. Sweeney declined to comment Friday.

Last year, the National Rifle Association vowed to intervene. "New Jersey already has a magazine capacity limit, and it hasn't made an ounce of difference, as the state has one of the worst crime rates in the country," said Darin Goens, NRA Institute for Legislative Action liaison for New Jersey. "Yet politicians in Trenton are recycling the same failed policies."

Gun-control advocates say the restriction could help limit mass shootings by making shooters reload more frequently.


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