Federal ban on assault weapons set to expire; many NJ residents want it renewed

The federal ban on assault weapons is set to expire on Monday, September 13, and many New Jersey residents want to see it renewed.

The national ban was put into effect in 1994, but seven states have their own versions, including New Jersey. One Essex County resident says police officers come into contact with assault weapons already, and without a ban the problem will be escalated.

However, some residents wouldnt mind seeing the ban expire. Attorney Even Nappen says New Jerseys firearm ban ended up prohibiting 22 rifles that have been used by boy scouts for training. He says fully automatic guns are already prohibited and have been since 1934.

The ban needs support of Congress and President Bush to be renewed. Both President Bush and presidential candidate Senator John Kerry have expressed support for renewing the law.

Related links:The Assault Weapons Bill bans, by name, the manufacture of 19 different weapons:Norinco, Mitchell, and Poly Technologies Avtomat Kalashnikovs (all models)Action Arms Israeli Military Industries UZI and GalilBeretta Ar70 (SC-70) Colt AR-15Fabrique National FN/FAL, FN/LAR, and FNCSWD M-10; M-11; M-11/9, and M-12Steyr AUGINTRATEC TEC-9, TEC-DC9, AND TEC-22Revolving cylinder shotguns such as (or similar to) the Street Sweeper and Striker 12

The 1994 law also prohibits manufacturers from producing firearms with more than one of the following assault weapon features:RiflesFolding/telescoping stock Protruding pistol grip Bayonet mount Threaded muzzle or flash suppressor Grenade launcherPistolsMagazine outside grip Threaded muzzle Barrel shroud Unloaded weight of 50 ounces or more Semi-automatic version of a fully automatic weapon ShotgunsFolding/telescoping stock Protruding pistol grip Detachable magazine capacity Fixed magazine capacity greater than 5 rounds

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