NJ legislative commmittee reports out .50 cal ban
I can't say how much of this is already NJ law, but as I read it also (1) bans muzzleloaders above .60 caliber (meaning you can have Civil War but not Revolutionary War re-enactments and even with CW can't use .69 muskets) and (2) may ban or at least define as firearms pellet guns, scuba spear guns, and slingshots.
Hat tip to reader Jim Kindred...
"Hey buddy, it ain't like we gonna be cleaning up the rampant corruption that has plagued our state, and lined our pockets, since...well...since statehood. Gun control is easy, the sheeple love it, and it don't cost me nuthin."
- Any New Jersey Politician
Posted by: Letalis Maximus, Esq. at June 15, 2008 11:21 AM
In case you don't know, NJ's statutes already classify bb & pellet guns as full house firearms. This isn't a mistake, it's intentional. You have to have a FID to buy a bb rifle, and a PID + Pistol purchase permit to get a bb handgun.
Possession of a slingshot has been a felony in NJ for ages.
This wasn't intentional (well, to the extent that the results of such a deliberate process can be said to be unintentional). My legislative contact told me that the story was that the original drafter of the bill wanted to prohibit possession of a slUngshot, which is a weight on the end of a cord or chain, but someone in the office of legislative drafting thought it to be a typo, and "corrected" it to slIngshot, and that was the version that was enacted.
Oddly, an equally sweeping .50 cal ban, which also swept shotguns into the mix, was proposed about 4,5 years ago, and was quickly withdrawn when the sportmen's groups protested.
That a similar bill is still in play tells me what what little power the sportsmen had has been all but swept away.
Posted by: geekwitha.45 at June 15, 2008 12:00 PM