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Thomas Kean Jr. on Gun Control

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No criminalization of all 50-caliber weapons

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: Kean voted NAY; bill passed Senate 23-16-1; bill passed House 46-29-4; Absolute Veto Sept. 9

    Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: A 3659 , May 30, 2013

    Uphold our current firearm laws

    Q: Do you favor additional control on handguns and rifles?

    MENENDEZ: Yes. Violence on our streets is devastating too many New Jersey families. I introduced legislation to combat gangs, which includes increased penalties for gun crimes.

    KEAN: We must uphold our current firearm laws and expand prosecution of those who commit crimes with a firearm, like the 10-20-30 legislation I currently sponsored.

    Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate (X-ref Menendez) , Sep 24, 2006

    Rated F by Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs

    Based on a questionnaire and the votes that Association of N. J. Rifle & Pistol Clubs considered to be the most important in 2003, they have assigned Senator Kean a grade of F (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F).
    Source: ANJRPC state legislative ratings , Jan 1, 2003

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