Magazine Capacity Bill Passes NJ Assembly Panel

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New Jersey’s bill that would lower magazine capacity from 15 to 10 rounds in the Garden State has passed the State Assembly panel and now moves on to the Assembly floor for a vote.

The bill is expected to pass both the Assembly and State Senate due in part to back room deals made well before the bill was even in the legislature. Senate leadership agreed to support the bill and anti-gunners agreed to pass a bill that would allow NJ gun owners to stop for gas or to use the restroom on their way home from the range (which you can already legally do in almost every state).

Some of the most interesting testimony at the hearing came from a 9 year old competitive shooter whose talent is already attracting sponsorship deals. According to NJ.com,

But the room fell silent during the testimony from 9-year-old Shyanne Roberts, a fourth -grade pupil from Franklin Township in Gloucester County who participates in shooting competitions.

Roberts — whose was accompanied by her father, Dan, a gun rights activist — said a Glock she owns, along with a custom-built AR-15 she’s expected to receive soon from a sponsor, would be made “worthless” under the bill because they have 15-round magazines.

“I have worked and trained very hard to get to the level I am at, and if A2006 becomes law, I will be forced to choose between giving up on a very bright and promising future in a sport that I love, or asking my dad if we can move to another state,” Roberts said. “… Everyone is upset about bad people doing bad things to others. But punishing the people who didn’t do anything wrong is not the way to stop bad people.”

Bryan Miller, executive director of the anti-gun violence group Heeding God’s Call, said he doubted Roberts’ guns could not be fitted with 10-round magazines, and called the testimony a “set-up” by her father.

Despite the protests and compelling testimony, the panel still passed the bill.

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