On February 8, by a vote of 6-0, the New Jersey Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee voted in favor of A-3511, the gun-rationing bill that would criminalize the purchase of more than one handgun per month by honest citizens.
The vote was preceded by a public hearing during which the Mayor of Jersey City and his police chief -- embarrassed by the recent defeat in court of their own local gun rationing ordinance – attacked multiple handgun sales as a cause of crime, even when those sales are made to law-abiding purchasers.
Second Amendment leaders and activists from New Jersey decried the bill as misguided “feel-good” legislation that will fail to reduce crime because it only targets sales by licensed dealers to law-abiding citizens who have been carefully pre-screened by the State. Numerous other flaws in the bill were raised.
Now that A-3511 has been passed out of committee, it is positioned to make its way to the full Assembly. Based on statements made by several legislators, the bill is likely to be amended first.
The Committee vote of Assemblymen present was as follows:
Assemblyman Barnes: Yes
Assemblyman Johnson: Yes
Assemblyman Gusciora: Yes
Assemblywoman Quigley: Yes
Assemblyman Bramnick: Yes
Assemblyman Rumpf: Yes
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