New Jersey lawmakers unanimously agree to exempt off-duty police from magazine ban
By Chris Eger
The bill clarifies existing law on when an officer can possess and carry a “large capacity magazine” capable of holding more than 10 rounds. (Photo: New Jersey State Police)
The state Senate on Thursday approved a rushed proposal to add a carve-out to New Jersey’s ban on “high-capacity” magazines for off-duty law enforcement.
The measure, S2846, was sponsored by the chamber’s top two Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senate President Steve Sweeney, sailing to a 29-0 approval just two days after it was introduced. The bill allows off-duty officers in the state to have a detachable magazine loaded with as many as 17-rounds of ammunition in their possession for an issued-weapon, going beyond the current 10-round limit signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy last month as part of a sweeping gun control package.
“This restriction ensures that the officer is not limited by civilian restrictions, but we also are being responsible by not giving carte blanche to an unlimited number of sanctioned large-capacity magazines,” said Weinberg in a statement.
The measure, whose Assembly companion, A4304, is still pending, fixes what lawmakers contended was an omission to the new statute that reduces the legal maximum capacity of detachable magazines in the state