On Monday, January 30 at 2:00 p.m. the New Jersey Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee is scheduled to consider A588, legislation that would enable the Attorney General to ban all handgun and most rifle ammunition if he unilaterally determines that it "poses a threat to the safety and well being of law enforcement officers.”
disguised as police safety legislation aimed at armor piercing
ammunition (which is already prohibited under federal and state law),
the measure actually opens the door to a sweeping ammunition ban by an
unelected public official by executive fiat. Common hunting, target, and
self-defense ammunition would be subject to ban, along with BB's,
airgun pellets, and non-metallic ammunition like plastic airsoft
pellets, if the Attorney General decides that they pose a threat to the
safety and well being of law enforcement.
Although the bill only mentions handgun ammunition, it is in fact not
limited to handgun ammunition, and would apply to all rifle ammunition
for which a handgun is ever made. As an increasing number of gun
manufacturers make handgun models that shoot rifle caliber ammunition,
the line between "handgun” vs. "rifle” ammunition has become blurred,
and the New Jersey State Police have already begun treating rifle
ammunition in this category as if it were handgun ammunition for
regulatory purposes. So long as a handgun exists that shoots a
particular caliber of rifle ammunition,
New Jersey treats that ammunition as if it were handgun ammunition.
The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee is also scheduled to consider A1013
on Monday. One provision of this police safety legislation
significantly increases the penalties relating to "defaced” firearms.
Because of New Jersey's longstanding poorly crafted definition of
"defaced” firearms, it is possible that refinishing a firearm, or
long-term damage from rust or scratches from ordinary wear and tear,
could be deemed "defacement” subjecting honest gun owners to lengthy
prison sentences, even though identifying information on the firearm is
PLEASE IMMEDIATELY CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE!
TELL THEM TO VOTE "NO” ON A588 - BACKDOOR AMMUNITION BAN!
TELL THEM TO VOTE "NO” OR AMEND A1013 TO PROTECT HONEST GUN OWNERS FROM SEVERE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES!
MEMBERS OF THE NEW
JERSEYASSEMBLY LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE:
Charles Mainor (Chair) (D31)
Gilbert L. Wilson (Vice Chair) (D5)AsmWilson@njleg.org
Nelson T. Albano (D1)AsmAlbano@njleg.org
Daniel R. Benson (D14)AsmBenson@njleg.org
Sean Connors (D33)AsmConnors@njleg.org
Joseph Cryan (D20)AsmCryan@njleg.org
Sean T. Kean (R30)AsmKean@njleg.org
Gregory P. McGuckin (R10)AsmMcGuckin@njleg.org
Erik Peterson (R23)AsmPeterson@njleg.org
David P. Rible (R30)AsmRible@njleg.org
Bonnie Watson Coleman (D15)AswWatsonColeman@njleg.org