Yesterday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a package of gun control laws that included reducing the New Jersey magazine capacity limit from 15 rounds to 10 rounds, meaning in 180 days, hundreds of thousands of gun owners will become felons if they don’t sell, modify, or otherwise get rid of their already limited 15-round magazines for long guns and handguns.
Within minutes, the Association of NJ Rifle & Pistol Clubs filed a suit in federal court to overturn the new law.
“This unconstitutional law will be ignored by criminals and madmen, and affects only law-abiding citizens,” said ANJRPC executive director Scott Bach in a release. “It turns one million people into criminals with the stroke of a pen, limits self-defense, and takes away property lawfully acquired.”
“Buy it yesterday, ban it today, go to prison tomorrow – it’s the Jersey way, and the goal of our lawsuit is to boot this law, which makes no one safer, into the trash heap of history where it belongs,” Bach added.
The release says the suit highlights the “many constitutional infirmities in New Jersey’s magazine ban. A federal court in California recently enjoined the operation of a similar magazine ban and ANJRPC believes New Jersey’s ban will meet a similar end—especially if the case reaches the United States Supreme Court.”
You can find the complaint filed by the ANJRPC here.
The National Rifle Association announced its support for the suit almost immediately.
“We thank the NRA for its incredible support and guidance, which made this new lawsuit possible,” Bach said.
Law enforcement personnel are exempt from the magazine ban.
“Magazine bans do not deter criminals or improve public safety. Instead, they irrationally burden the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA-ILA. “The National Rifle Association is proud to assist the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs in this legal challenge.”
The release says any NJ residents who want to join the ANJRPC in the lawsuit should contact the organization at [firstname.lastname@example.org](mailto: email@example.com).
Murphy also signed five other bills into law regard firearms, including two mental health bills, one that eliminates private sales of firearms in the state, one that makes it even more impossible to get a carry permit, and a ban on “armor-piercing ammunition,” which is a redundancy, as any such ammo is already federally prohibited.