John Wisniewski on Gun Control
Ban 50-caliber weapons instead of just 60-caliber
Excerpts from legislation: Revises definition of "destructive device" to include weapons of 50 caliber or greater. The current definition is 60 caliber.Exemptions for antique firearms or muzzleloader rifles; these firearms would
continue with the current 60 caliber restriction. Individuals who lawfully own one of these newly prohibited firearms have one year in which to dispose of them.Establishes a buyback program to facilitate the voluntary surrender of these firearms.
Excerpts from veto message: New Jersey already has the second strictest gun laws in the US. In early 2013, the NJ SAFE Task Force recommended narrowly limiting one specific type of firearm: the Barrett 50 caliber long-range rifle.
This bill goes well beyond that recommendation and would instead criminalize the ownership of a whole class of firearms.
Legislative outcome: Wisniewski voted YEA; bill passed Senate 23-16-1; bill passed House 46-29-4; Vetoed Sep. 9
Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: A 3659
, Feb 21, 2013
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