New Jersey Assembly panel passes bump stock ban, gun group says is unneeded (VIDEO)
By Chris Eger
The New Jersey Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee on Thursday unanimously passed a measure to prohibit the sale or possession of a controversial firearm accessory.
The bill, A5200, was introduced to the body and approved 7-0 on the same day with an aim to make the sale or possession of bump stocks or trigger cranks a third-degree criminal offense in New Jersey.
“There’s no need for bump stocks as accessories to be anywhere in New Jersey,” state Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, D-Union, sponsor of the measure, told the panel, saying she had never heard of the devices until recently. “The state of New Jersey bans automatic weapons for a reason– they are weapons of war.”
Her bill modifies state law so that a firearm affixed to a bump stock constitutes an “assault weapon” while a firearm affixed with a trigger crank constitutes a machine gun. Violations are a felony that carries $10,000 in potential fines and can result in as much as 5 years in prison.
However, the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, the state’s NRA affiliate, contend the move goes after something that is already banned in the state under a combination of existing laws.
“The legislation would not make anyone