Lower Chamber Approves Gun Control Legislation But Future of Measures Remains Uncertain
The New Jersey General Assembly approved twenty-two (22) separate gun control bills on Thursday afternoon.
Those measures include new regulations for high-capacity magazines.
Republican opposition was largely limited to procedural arguments. Minority Leader Jon Bramnick lamented how “[t]his is simply a way for the Democrats to find a wedge issue in a year when they can’t find a wedge issue.” He’s certainly not wrong! Though while attempting to sound like the more “reasonable” side of the aisle is fine and good, it would’ve been nice to hear more GOP’ers articulate why the bills are substantively egregious, too, other than just Michael Patrick Carroll (who schooled Linda Stender on the terror watch list bill, FYI).
But that’s where we’re at in Trenton right now, folks. Why can’t the do-nothing Democrat Legislature accomplish ANYTHING other than curbing our rights?
And where do we go from here? The Senate has a tighter partisan composition (24 D, 16 R) and is populated by a few Democrats (including Senate President Sweeney and LD1’s Jeff Van Drew) who represent swing districts; coincidentally (smirk), they tend to have more moderate views on gun control than their Assembly colleagues. Sweeney’s latest answer was a non-answer. No Senate hearings are currently scheduled. There’s also no indication, however, of how Chris Christie would weigh in at veto time.