State Assembly passes 6 bills on gun law restrictions

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The New Jersey Assembly advanced six gun control bills Monday, despite a protest held outside the State House by gun rights supporters.

Supporters of the gun control measures say that the new bills will strengthen New Jersey’s already strong gun restrictions. They say that the measures are common sense when it comes to gun safety.

Assembly Bill A-1181 requires that firearms be taken from a person if a mental health care professional determines them to be a threat to themselves or others.

Assembly Bill A-1217 allows concerned family members and others to ask a judge to seize a loved one's weapons and issue restraining orders banning them from buying a weapon for up to a year.

Assembly Bill A-2761 reduces the capacity of magazines from 15 rounds to 10 rounds.

Assembly Bill A-2757 requires background checks for private gun sales. One of the sponsors of this bill says that it is shocking that New Jersey didn’t already have a law on the books for this. The sponsor says that this law would fix the loophole.

Assembly Bill A-2758 better defines a “justifiable need” to obtain a permit to carry a handgun. The person applying for the permit must show that they face a specific threat to their own safety.

Assembly Bill A-2759 puts a ban on possessing armor-piercing bullets.

The bills will now head to the New Jersey Senate for a vote. The Senate meets April 12.

If the bills pass the Senate, which they are expected to do, they will go to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk for approval. The governor has already indicated that he will sign them.

The governor issued a statement Monday evening that said in part, “The people of New Jersey have demanded we act, and we must."

Hundreds of Second Amendment supporters and gun owners rallied in Trenton Monday morning ahead of the Assembly vote. They say that the proposed laws restrict New Jersey residents’ right to own firearms, a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Gun rights advocates say that they plan to file a lawsuit against the state regarding the six bills.

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