Bill Would Ban Many .22 Rifles
By Harold Hutchison
New anti-Second Amendment legislation pending in New Jersey could wind up banning many popular rifles that fire the .22 long rifle cartridge. Furthermore, many of those rifles would be completely banned, making their owners felons.
According to a report by the Washington Times, firearms experts asked to review the pending bill by the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs reported that it would ban rifles like the Marlin Model 60, Remington Nylon 22, and the Winchester 190. All are .22-caliber rifles with fixed tubular magazines that hold more than ten rounds.
While most proposed bans on certain semi-automatic firearms exempt .22-caliber rifles that have fixed magazines, the proposal in New Jersey does not. Nor does the legislation have a grandfather clause, another provision in many gun bans pushed by gun-grabbers.
“For years anti-gun Democrats have claimed that they have no agenda to ban and confiscate guns. But last year their true agenda was revealed on that hot mic. This bill is another step in that process,” Scott Bach, the executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, told the Washington Times, referencing an anti-Second Amendment state legislator saying, “We needed a bill that was going to confiscate, confiscate, confiscate.”
Supporters of the gun-ban legislation have brought in families of the victims of the December, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, to lobby for passage of the new gun ban. New Jersey governor Chris Christie is a possible presidential candidate for the Republican nomination in 2016.
New Jersey makes possession of so-called “assault weapons” a felony punishable by a minimum of three to five years in state prison, and a maximum sentence of ten years.