Last week, the New Jersey Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs Committee passed Senate No. 1304, sponsored by State Senator John Girgenti (D-35), by a 3 to 1 margin. The legislation will now be heard on the Senate floor Monday, March 17 at 2:00 pm.This bill, among other things, would raise the penalty for possession of "assault firearms" from a third-degree crime to a second-degree crime, which carries a potential 10-year prison sentence and $150,000 fine. S1304 is an ill-conceived attempt to address gang violence. The bill is likely to have severe unintended consequences for the Garden State’s law-abiding gun owners, such as posing a risk of lengthy incarceration to otherwise law-abiding gun owners who were turned into criminals overnight in 1990 by New Jersey's vague and confusing “assault firearms” ban.
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