ASSEMBLY JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

ASSEMBLY, No. 2759

 

with committee amendments

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:  FEBRUARY 28, 2018

 

      The Assembly Judiciary Committee reports favorably and with committee amendments Assembly Bill No. 2759.

     As amended and reported by the committee, Assembly Bill No. 2759 makes it a crime of the fourth degree to possess a new generation of handgun ammunition which poses a special threat to the law enforcement community because it has the capacity to breach or penetrate body armor.

     Under current federal and State law, the possession of hollow nose or dum-dum bullets is prohibited, as is the possession of bullets which are Teflon-coated or which have specially hardened metal jackets or cores.

     Police officers have encountered a new and highly destructive bullet.  The SS190AP ammunition for the Five-seveN Tactical handgun is uniquely designed.  It is a full metal jacketed bullet, but utilizes two metal inserts.  The tip of the bullet has a steel penetrator which is followed by an aluminum core.  The weight relationship between the two metals causes the bullet to tumble in soft body tissue, resulting in massive and, in many instances, deadly wounds.

     But it is not just the substantial body trauma these bullets can cause that makes them a special threat to the law enforcement community.  When fired from the Five-seveN handgun, the SS190AP bullet can penetrate 48 layers of Kevlar, the protective material used to make many types of body armor.

     This amended bill prohibits individuals, other than law enforcement officers or other statutorily exempted parties such as members of the Armed Forces of the United States and licensed dealers who sell these types of ammunition to military or law enforcement agencies, from legally possessing ammunition designed and constructed like the SS190AP bullet that can penetrate body armor.  Violators would be guilty of a crime of the fourth degree, which is punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000, imprisonment for a term of not more than 18 months, or both.

COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS:

      The committee amended the bill to make a technical correction to update a provision of the bill to reflect the changes made pursuant to P.L.2017, c.323.