NJ lawmakers introduce new gun control bills after Vegas shooting
Several New Jersey lawmakers have introduced new gun control legislation in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Sens. Nia Gill and Dick Codey introduced a bill that would ban .50-caliber weapons.
"There is no rational argument that can be made for keeping these firearms on our streets,” Codey said in a statement. “These long-range weapons have the ability to pierce armor, and to strike mobile targets, including aircraft and speeding boats at an extensive distance."
A similar bill was passed by the Legislature in 2013, but Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the bill when it got to his desk.
Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi has also introduced a bill to ban bump stocks for rifles. Under the assemblywoman’s bill, all bump stocks would have to be surrendered to police and it would be illegal to possess or sell them in the state.
Bump stocks have now entered the public eye after they were used in the Las Vegas mass shooting. The accessory can be installed on a semi-automatic weapon and allows the user to fire rapidly by using the recoil of the gun to fire multiple rounds in rapid succession.
The National Rifle Association has called for a review of bump stocks in the wake of the shooting. The NRA called for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to determine if the bump stocks comply with federal laws.
"The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,” NRA executives Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox said in a statement.
Republican Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo is leading the charge against bump stocks. He says that a ban could lead to a breakthrough on sensible gun policy. He's among several Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, considering legislation.
Nearly 60 people were killed, and hundreds more injured, when a gunman opened fire on a country music concert at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas Sunday.