New Jersey lawmakers send bump stock ban, ‘buyback’ plan to Christie for signature
By Chris Eger
A measure gun rights advocates say is unneeded will soon land on Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s desk alongside a bill to put the state in the gun “buyback” business.
The first proposal, S-3477/A-5200 passed the state Assembly by a unanimous vote Monday after clearing the state Senate by a similar margin last week and establishes the crime of possessing or selling a bump stock or trigger crank in New Jersey as a felony.
“There’s no need for bump stocks as accessories to be anywhere in New Jersey,” said state Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, D-Union, sponsor of the measure. “The state of New Jersey bans automatic weapons for a reason– they are weapons of war.”
The move aims to make the use of bump stocks or trigger cranks a second-degree criminal offense in New Jersey, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $150,000. Simple possession or sale of the devices themselves would be a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000.
In an alert this week, the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, the state’s NRA affiliate, argues the legislation now headed to Christie would not make anyone safer