The bills now head to the governor, who has promised to sign them into law.
It’s not official just yet. But consider it a done deal.
New Jersey’s already strict gun-control rules are about to get even tougher.
A half-dozen proposals, including measures that would reduce magazine capacity, armor-piercing bullets, make it tougher to obtain a permit to carry a handgun, expand background checks on private gun sales, and keep firearms out of the hands of people deemed a threat to themselves and others, cleared a final hurdle in the state Legislature Thursday.
They now head to Gov. Phil Murphy, who has promised to signed the rules into law, some of which were rebuffed by his predecessor for eight years, former GOP Gov. Chris Christie.
The bills passed the chamber with very little discussion from lawmakers, and four of the six cleared with bipartisan support.
“This our response to our nation’s crisis,” state Sen. Richard Cody, D-Essex, said. “We need national legislation. but we here in the state should be proud that we’re standing up for safety in our schools and will continue to do so everyday
Murphy, a Democrat, campaigned last year for tighter gun laws.
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New Jersey’s gun laws are already among the toughest in the country. And many of these Democratic-sponsored bills have been around for years, with most having been blocked by Christie.
The two bills that faced GOP resistance on Thursday included a measure that would tighten rules for people to carry handguns and another that would ban magazines in the state that hold more than 10 rounds.
The state Assembly passed the legislation in March. There’s been speculation in Trenton the reason the state Senate delayed a vote on the gun bills was to help one of its lawmakers: state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May.
Van Drew, who’s running for Congress, took heat from his more progressive primary opponents for his A-rating from the National Rifle Association. Thursday’s vote comes two days after he clinched his primary win.
Van Drew voted with most of the chamber’s Republicans on the two bills that faced opposition largely along party lines.
After the vote, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, said New Jersey’s actions on guns will help, but stressed that many illegal guns come from other states with weaker gun laws.
“That’s the real problem,” Sweeney said. “And most the gun violence is coming from …read more
Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News