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ASSEMBLY LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

ASSEMBLY, No. 1329

 

with committee amendments

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:  FEBRUARY 13, 2013

 

      The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee reports favorably and with committee amendments Assembly Bill No. 1329.

      As amended and reported by the committee, Assembly Bill No. 1329 bans firearm magazines that can hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.  Magazines capable of holding up to 15 rounds of ammunition currently are legal in New Jersey. 

      Specifically, the amended bill revises the definition of a “large capacity ammunition magazine” to reduce the allowable rounds of ammunition from 15 to 10.  The amended bill also designates a semi-automatic rifle with a fixed magazine capacity exceeding 10 rounds as a prohibited assault firearm.  Currently, they are not included as an assault firearm unless the capacity exceeds 15 rounds. 

      The amended bill also authorizes retired police officers who are authorized to possess and carry a handgun in this State to continue to carry a large capacity ammunition magazine which is capable of holding up to 15 rounds. 

      According to the sponsor, this legislation is in response to the recent horrific tragedy in Arizona where the assailant utilized a large capacity ammunition magazine in a shooting that resulted in the deaths of six people and injuries to 13 others, including Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. 

      This bill was pre-filed for introduction in the 2012-2013 session pending technical review.  As reported, the bill includes the changes required by technical review, which has been performed. 

 

COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS:

      The committee amended the bill to revise the definition of a “large capacity ammunition magazine” to reduce the allowable rounds of ammunition from 15 to 10.  Committee amendments also authorize retired police officers who may possess and carry a firearm in this State to have magazines which hold up to 15 rounds.