The state of New Jersey does something that most states tend to not bother with. In addition to the plethora of gun control laws the state has enacted through the years, they’ve also spent a fair bit focusing on ammunition. Often, they do it from a place of pure ignorance, if not outright stupidity. For example, their ban on hollowpoint ammunition of civilian use.
Hollowpoints expand inside of a target, thus reducing the chance of overpenetration and innocent bystanders being injured among other benefits of it, but because lawmakers were so absolutely terrified by what they didn’t understand, they banned it.
When it comes to ammunition, though, there are a few popular measures that they’re willing to back, such as a ban on magazine capacity.
Now, though, a gun-rights group is filing a motion to stop the state’s efforts.
A New Jersey gun rights group has filed a motion to block enforcement of a ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds,
The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs asked the U.S. District Court of New Jersey to prevent the enforcement of the ban while the court considers the group’s case.
The law in question requires anyone in New Jersey that possesses an ammunition magazine that holds more than 10 rounds to permanently modify it, transfer it out of New Jersey, or hand it in to police within 180 days, The Free Beacon reported.
If the court takes more than 180 days to reach a decision, gun owners in NJ may be forced to give up their magazines or face prosecution if caught with the larger magazines.
This, of course, is a problem.
In reality, though, the case can probably be decided at the district court level within that 180 days. That’s not an issue. What’s in question is whether the court will bother with it that soon, which is something we can’t really be sure of, hence the motion to block enforcement.
However, that’s really going to be step one.
Personally, I’d be very surprised if the district court found for the plaintiffs. It’s just not something I expect out of a district court in New Jersey by any stretch of the imagination. That means it’ll have to move onto the court of appeals and, potentially, the U.S. Supreme Court.
That’s a long road with injunctions needing to be filed pretty much everywhere along the way.
All it takes is just one court opting not to issue an injunction to block enforcement and millions of magazines will be required to be turned in.
Not that I think many will be, of course. Based on past compliance with gun laws, I expect a grand total of 12 magazines to be turned in. Not only that, but I suspect those that are won’t represent the majority, much less totality, of the individual’s collection.
Still, it shouldn’t be allowed to come to that. Hopefully, the courts will do the right thing and protect people’s rights. It would be a nice change of pace from that neck of the woods, that’s for sure.