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Assembly Panel OKs Gun Control Measures Amid Raucous Crowd

NorthJersey.com reports two ejected by State Police as Law and Public Safety Committee passes 24 bills.

The New Jersey Assembly's Law and Public Safety Committee passed a package of 24 gun control bills today, amid an overflow crowd that "cheered, laughed and yelled," according to NorthJersey.com.   

The bills passed by the committee include legislation to bar persons on the federal terrorist watch list from obtaining firearms, legislation prohibiting body armor-piercing ammunition and mail ordering of ammunition, and creating "weapon free" school zones.  

According to the Associated Press, the full Assembly is also set to vote on bills requiring New Jersey to submit certain mental health records to the federal background check system, and removing gun ownership records from public disclosure rules.

But the hearing today was a spirited one, in which supporters and opponents of the legislation expressed their opinions. According to NorthJersey.com, one man appeared in a George Washington costume, and two were ejected from the hearing for yelling.

A breakdown on the voting on the bills is not available yet.

John Browning February 15, 2013 at 12:34 PM
If all these laws go through, I am leaving the state and taking with me all the jobs I provide to people. (not an insignificant #) If you want to drive me out, I am more than happy to move to a State that would appreciate me more.
Remo February 15, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Neither I think, tasted great and pretty lean too.. Isn't Boudin's a sausage filled with rice?
Realmirage February 15, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Great. Now criminals with the means to find out, will know who has guns in their homes and who do not. A law that gives bad guys an edge. A well-intentioned effort leading on a road to calamity. Now these legislators can say they did something about this immoral world and they get to take a state trooper home to keep them safe. Meanwhile law abiding low class, and the weak, are left defenseless with big target circles on their backs.
Richard Mc Mahon February 15, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Lets ban driving. This way there will be no more DUI related crime.
Richard Mc Mahon February 15, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Lets ban doctors from giving prescriptions. This way there will be no more illegal drug use.
Richard Mc Mahon February 15, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Lets ban math tests in school. This way there will be no cheating.
Richard Mc Mahon February 15, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Lets ban and confiscate all cell phones. This way there will be no more talking or texting while driving. Or we just ban driving again.
Richard Mc Mahon February 15, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Lets ban robbery. Lets ban rape. Lets ban assault. Aaaa. Utopia.
tryintosurvive February 15, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Lets ban people who bring up ludicrous analogies.
Richard Mc Mahon February 15, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Lets ban people who hide behind fake screen names. Lets ban mail fraud. Lets ban assault knives.
Pete Mock February 15, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Mr Juctice, most of our basic freedoms do have some reasonable limitations that we all, for the most part, agree on. We can buy the car we like, but the law requires certain specifications that a vehicle must follow to be legal to drive. We can say what we like, but we cannot threaten or harrass others, or libel others, etc. We can own and use guns, but not all guns are legal for all citizens. We have decided, for many reasons, that certain members of society should not have any weapons, and that some weapons don't serve enough of a practical purpose, or they pose enough of a threat to the public that they are illegal. It is not mob rule, it's democracy in action. As a civil society we understand that our freedoms have some limitations, and most of the time it's where one person's rights bump up against the rights of another, or others. This is not about taking away all your guns, that's not going to happen, as much as the fear mongers may claim, and as much as some may desire. It's about being reasonable.
Pete Mock February 15, 2013 at 03:26 PM
LOL! Then this story would have about half as many comments.
Rick February 15, 2013 at 04:02 PM
These laws will be used by unknowledgeable police officers and even by those who are familiar with the regulations to jail average persons. Driving to a local match will force me to pass two "safe zone" which if stopped for any reason could put me in jail only to defend myself legally with a lawyer. All for attending a match/youth program. Your changes affect mail orders which can be much cheaper than local vendors. Magazine limits - what law enforcement officer knows the difference between a standard twenty round magazine and the same magazine with the capacity to hold only ten. Which I also use for the national match. You have made such an issue of this because police have failed to protect a school, which is tragic. But this is not my fault. The fact that my family has devoted generation of time to protect this country through years of service leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. My children will not protect you as it is now you’re responsibly. My family will ensure their own survival but many of you are unknowing and under prepared.
Richard Mc Mahon February 15, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Rick, you put a lot of blame on the police. Most police man and women are against gun control. And are very knowledgable of weapons.
Ed Dantes February 15, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Almost all of these Bills will have no impact on crime or public safety. Only the law abiding gun owners are being impacted. My guns have never shot anything except paper and a couple of snakes, how is making it more difficult on me going to cause criminals with illegal guns to stop committing crimes. The new laws will make ALL my mags illegal, all of which are 13 to 15 rounds. These are all currently NJ legal and most came with my handguns. So making all my mags purchased in good faith illegal and forcing me to buy new ones at $40+ per will stop crimes? The high Cap. Mags are the 30 round ones that are already illegal in NJ. Does anyone really believe making it more difficult for me or other legal gun owners to pay more fees or wait longer for the state to OK permits will stop criminal from going out of state and buying the guns they already use to commit crimes will be impacted by any of these new NJ laws? It's all posturing by the NJ politicians for the public. Long MANDATORY jail time for people committing crimes with guns, trafficking illegal guns or possessing illegal guns would make a difference. If those committing the crimes were off the streets long term, in jail & without the option of plea bargaining were removed then something would be impacted. Come on now NJ elected officials write something that will actually produce some results, not just look like you care about public safety.
E. Woltman February 15, 2013 at 05:19 PM
This is why the auto ins. is so high and why the laws are made here so you have to address an attorney ..........money........and why the lawyers / elected officials are making these leagal restrictions.
Richard Mc Mahon February 15, 2013 at 05:41 PM
And by the way. Not one of the analogies that I made is ludicrous. Pass more laws for the law abiding citizen and ingnor the problem is what is ludicrous. You can "ban" anything you want. The people who don't give a rats a$$ are the ones to watch.
Pete Mock February 15, 2013 at 09:31 PM
"Not one of the analogies that I made is ludicrous." Really Richard? All of your analogies are completely serious and you don't get any sense of the apples vs orange sort of vibe we all feel when we read them? Not stretching reality at all?
SockPuppet February 15, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Not really, Richard: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/312483/gun-control-and-police-robert-verbruggen
M. Justicel February 16, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Mr. Mock, reasonable limitations? We the people have decided for you? How can you claim that is democracy. You don't know my background! I'm willing to do whatever is necessary to purchase what I want to buy. Background checks, DNA samples, fingerprints. You the people, need to tell me, someone who has been carrying all types of weapons since 1990, I can't buy a specific weapon? I'm not trying to buy a bazooka, missile, or machine gun! I've said this in numerous posts prior to this article, I'm not the problem! In retrospect, I'm the one who will put his life on the line to prevent harm to others. Stop telling me what you think I need and what society thinks is the right course of action. You are looking in the wrong direction! I'm not suggesting guns are to be taken away. I'm agreeing you have to keep them out of the wrong hands. I can assure you mine are for saving lives not taking them. Rethink your "We the People" stance!
Richard Mc Mahon February 16, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Pete Mock. You want our government to take your rights away that's fine. Not me or mine. Law abiding gun owners are just that. Law abiding. Minus about 2% of them. The ones who use weapons illegally don't care how many laws are passed. They don't care. So to put restrictions on legal gun owners / legal car owners to try and stop those who use their weapons illegally / drive illegally is just stupid. It's against the law to rape, rob, assault etc. do the laws stop these from happening? No. I am a gun owner. A very responsible and well trained gun owner.
Richard Mc Mahon February 16, 2013 at 02:47 AM
And sock puppet. A poorly written article that fails to represent the rank and file. It’s worth noting that “police groups” do not represent the opinions of the officers who work the street. Politics as usual. But thanks anyway.
SockPuppet February 16, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Writing styles notwithstanding, the stats show that police officers on the street favor gun regulation. Facts are, as always, facts. You're welcome anyway.
SockPuppet February 16, 2013 at 03:05 AM
What you're saying is that laws are meaningless because crime happens. It bears repeating that your rights are not being taken away with gun regulation any more than speed limits take away your right to as you please on the road.
Richard Mc Mahon February 16, 2013 at 03:34 AM
I would rather rely on my first hand knowledge of the subject then an article full of holes. Officers on the street also favor no DUI's, child endangerment etc. how are those regulations on narcotics working? Hey! Lets put regulations on robbing banks. I can't wait for gun control laws to pass. Then all the bad guys will have to stop shooting people. Ill take 1000 legal gun owners over one dirt bag any day.
SockPuppet February 16, 2013 at 01:24 PM
What you'd "rather rely on" is your own opinion.
Richard Mc Mahon February 16, 2013 at 02:02 PM
What I rely on is my opinion. And that of 25 years experiance and thousands of contacts in every level if Law Enforcement. The guns we have to worry about are not in the hands of the law abiding.
Richard Mc Mahon February 16, 2013 at 02:09 PM
I can appreciate the concern for gun control from those with little knowledge on the problem. To add Today the 2nd amendment. Tomarrow the 3rd. (If people even know what the 3rd is) (without google ) They are already working on the first. (You get arrested for protesting too close to politicians now) which is what the 1st is ment for. Not a right to call someone an idiot.
Eric February 16, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I love it when women make statements like this. Men are more gentle than they have ever been, is violence less? Instead of pointing the finger at one sex maybe you should consider that it's a larger problem. The fact is. When people get desperate, civilization goes out the window. History proves this. So why are people desperate?
StupidlyHappy March 22, 2013 at 04:10 PM
What will more gun control laws do for us? Read this to find out: http://lewrockwell.com/franke/franke26.1.html

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