TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey’s firearms owners are under a midnight deadline to surrender, modify, or destroy magazines capable of carrying more than 10 bullets.
If they fail to comply? And get caught? They’re facing a 4th degree criminal charge starting Tuesday under a new gun control measure adopted back in June which takes effect December 11th.
Violators face a possible 18 months in prison per magazine.
A legal challenge to the law litigated in the U.S. Third Circuit has come up empty.
“The Second Amendment is an equal part of the Bill of Rights. We must treat the right to keep and bear arms like other enumerated rights, as the Supreme Court insisted in Heller. We may not water it down and balance it away based on our own sense of wise policy,” wrote Judge Stephanos Bibas, the sole dissenter on the 3rd Circuit’s three-judge panel which upheld the ban.