Assembly Dems unveil package of gun violence measures

TRENTON – On the same day a Second Amendment rally in favor of private gun ownership was held outside the Statehouse, Assembly Democrats unveiled a gun violence prevention package.

The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee will meet Wednesday to consider 24 bills that address a variety of concerns,  including reducing maximum magazine capacity to 10 rounds, requiring ammunition sales be done face to face, preventing state investment of pension funds in companies that deal in assault weapons for civilians, and mandating seizure of weapons when a mental health professional has determined a patient poses a threat.

 “Whether it’s the streets of our New Jersey communities, a movie theater in Colorado or an elementary school in Connecticut, enough is enough is enough,” said Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver in a release.

“No more talk. It’s time for action. The Assembly will show real leadership and do everything it can to better protect New Jersey residents by advancing a common sense plan to combat this scourge of gun violence that has touched us all so deeply.”

Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald added that  “The time to get serious about protecting our children, our law enforcement officers and our communities from gun violence is long overdue.  Our comprehensive package of legislation promotes common-sense gun safety measures, including keeping dangerous weapons off our streets, cracking down on illegal gun trafficking, addressing New Jersey’s mental health crisis and ending the culture of violence.”

"I’m an undertaker by trade, so when I bury somebody, they don’t come back."
—Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato