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Murphy vows to support ban on .50 caliber weapons if elected NJ governor

Democrat Phil Murphy pledged today that if he is elected governor of New Jersey, he will sign legislation that would ban .50 caliber weapons.

Gov. Chris Christie campaigned for stronger gun laws, and after the 2012 Sandy Hook gun massacre he proposed banning .50-caliber rifles. But he then vetoed the billt he following year because, arguing that it went too far. He rejected a proposal to limit ammunition magazine sizes and to prohibit certain convicted criminals from possessing firearms. He also vetoed legislation that would require retailers to sell smart guns, which are personalized firearms that use technology to prevent children or unauthorized users from firing the weapons.

Murphy today praised Democratic Senators Dick Codey and Nina Gill for introducing new legislation that would ban the.50 caliber weapons. Such military-grade weapons were illegal until the federal Assault Weapon Ban lapsed in 2004.

“I thank Senators Codey and Gill for listening to the will of their constituents and taking tangible steps to move sensible gun safety measures forward,” Murphy said. “Military-grade weapons have no place in our homes and on our streets. I urge the entire legislature to swiftly consider this bill. If Governor Christie vetoes it yet again, I pledge to sign it if elected.”

The legislature is also considering a “bump stock” ban, the accessory used by the Las Vegas shooter to effectively turn a semi-automatic weapon into a fully-automatic one.

Republican candidate Kim Guadagno has said in the past that she doesn’t believe the state needs any new gun control laws because the state already has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation. She said the gun laws should be enforced properly. She does wants to reexamine existing gun transport laws.

“I was incredibly disappointed to see Lieutenant Governor Guadagno refuse to talk about these sensible gun safety measures put forward by the legislature, even going so far as saying she would not even consider supporting any new gun legislation,” Murphy said. “One must wonder if that silence has anything to do with a desire to maintain her ‘A’ rating from the NRA. The NRA gave me an ‘F,’ and I’ve never been more proud of a failing grade in my life.”

 

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

  • Joe

    Hey, everyone should have the right to plant land mines on his/her property. That makes about as much sense as the proposition that every man, woman, child and goat should be armed to the teeth with 30 or 50 guns and millions of rounds of ammunition and super sized magazines because of the 2nd amendment jacka$$ery. Oh wait there’s more, the morons want to be able to carry guns at all times every where, open carry, conceal carry with silencers at all times 24/7, ad infinitum and in all possible galaxies. Not all countries are this stupid. Meanwhile, the massacres continue. The last big massacre occurred in Las Vegas, you know in a guns galore state with all sorts carrying guns at all times. Nevada, with some of the laxest gun laws in the country. It’s SICK beyond words.

  • TexTopCat

    The SCOTUS and many other high courts have ruled that the police/government has no duty or responsibility to protect any individual. That exactly means that your individual protection and that of other innocents near you is YOUR responsibility. So, you should have training, practice often and have the tools necessary, not only your right but your responsibility.

  • Joe

    What a country, guns are more important than universal health care. The HUNDREDS of innocent victims of the latest bloodbath are racking up medical bills which they cannot afford. Many of them have no health insurance or have inadequate crappy high deductible insurance; they will go bankrupt from the medical costs. Some of them will be disabled for the remainder of their lives because of the wounds from the latest massacre. When is enough enough? The 2nd amendment is a curse on this country. It’s a sick joke.

  • Jim

    I don’t believe the “Assault Weapon Ban” addressed .50 caliber bolt action rifles in any way.

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