After a seven hour hearing, a New Jersey Assembly panel approved a collection of 20 gun control bills today that would severely restrict the right to keep and bear arms in the state.Â
It sounds like the hearing was lively to say the least, with two people being ejected by State Police for shouting. One man showed up dressed as aÂ Revolutionary War soldier – probably not the best way to start a civil conversation with lawmakers, but it’s easy to understand the point he was most likely trying to make.
Among other changes, the 20-bill package would reduce magazine capacity to 10 rounds, ban armor-piercing and 50-caliber bullets, prohibit Internet and mail-order ammunition sales, require background checks for private gun sales and allow firearms to be seized if a mental health professional determines a patient poses a threat. It doesn’t take a genius to foresee the mental health aspect being abused.
TheÂ bills now head to the Assembly floor, where they are expected to be taken up on Feb. 21. The package has not yet been considered in the Senate.
You can read more here, but there is still time to defeat this. If you live in New Jersey, the time to fight is now.Â Contact your legislators todayÂ and tell them how you feel. Additionally, contact Governor Christie and tell him that he absolutely must veto any gun control bills that come across his desk.