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Monday, March 3, 2014

New Jersey bill is outright gun ban on .22-caliber rifles and leads to confiscation -- Gov. Chris Christie’s state is ground zero for gun control legislation this year -- By Emily Miller, The Washington Times

As the Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, D-West Deptford, N.J., and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, D-Secaucus, N.J., listen, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie emphasizes a point as he delivers his budget address at the Statehouse Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Trenton, N.J. Christie criticized what he calls the "exploding" costs of public employee pensions and health care in his fifth annual budget message Tuesday. Christie says the pension reforms enacted during his first term don't go far enough. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)New Jersey has become ground zero this year for legislative battles over gun control.

The Brady Campaign ranked the state third in the nation for most restrictive firearms laws, yet anti-gun Democrats who control the legislature are determined to go all the way to gun bans and confiscation.

The New Jersey Assembly's Law and Public Safety Committee was scheduled to hold a public hearing on Monday (postponed for snow) about a bill that reduces the maximum magazine from capacity from 15 to 10, but in effect goes even further. Since the legislation covers both detachable and fixed magazines, it has the effect of to banning popular, low-caliber rifles.

The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs gave the draft legislation to top firearms experts in the country to determine what guns would fall under the expanded ban.

They discovered that the bill would affect tube-fed, semi-automatic rifles because the magazine cannot be separated from the gun.

Thus, the experts found that at least 43 common rifles would suddenly be considered a prohibited "assault firearm," such as the .22 caliber Marlin Model 60, Remington Nylon 66 and Winchester 190.

Just having one such gun would turn a law-abiding owner into a felon overnight.

Possession of an "assault firearm" is a second-degree crime in New Jersey. The penalty is up to 10 years in jail and a mandatory minimum sentence of three to five years, with no chance of parole.

"This bill is a gun ban, there's no question about that," Scott Bach, the executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, told me in an interview.

"If it becomes law, it would have zero impact on crime because criminals don't follow bans. It would only affect legal gun owners by essentially tying their hands when they need to defend their lives."

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