State Bans Guns That Hold More Than 10 Rounds, Citizens Told To Surrender Them or Become Criminals

By Rachel Blevins

The state of New Jersey, which is known for its strict gun laws, has tightened regulations with new legislation that gives citizens 180 days to surrender all firearms and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds —and if they are caught with the newly illegal contraband, they will be treated as criminals.

The new rules are courtesy of Assembly Bill 2761, which was recently passed by the state. The bill’s purpose is to reduce “maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds,” and the text states that citizens will have 180 days to comply:

A person who legally owns a semi-automatic rifle with a fixed magazine capacity exceeding 10 rounds or a large capacity ammunition magazine… which is capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition… may retain possession of that rifle or magazine for a period not to exceed 180 days after the effective date of this act.

During the 180-day period, the bill states that citizens can get rid of their firearms and magazines by:

  • Transfer the semi-automatic rifle or magazine to any person or firm lawfully entitled to own or possess that firearm or magazine;
  • Render the semi-automatic rifle or magazine inoperable or permanently modify a large capacity ammunition magazine to accept 10 rounds or less;
  • Voluntarily surrender the semi-automatic rifle or magazine

The bill also includes a detailed process for citizens who choose to “voluntarily surrender” their newly illegal firearms and magazines to police. It states that in order to surrender the weapons without being convicted of a crime, the citizens must give written notice, which includes “the proposed date and time of surrender,” and the weapons must be given to the superintendent or the chief of police in the municipality in which the individual lives.

The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs is fighting back against the legislation by filing a motion in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey to block enforcement of the law, on the basis that it violates the Second Amendment.

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Scott Bach, the group’s executive director, told the Washington Free Beacon that they are fighting back against the new law because they believe it will be “ignored by criminals and madmen,” and will only affect the law-abiding gun owners who are turned into criminals because of its existence.

It turns one million people into criminals with the stroke of a pen, limits self-defense, and takes away property lawfully acquired. Buy it yesterday, ban it today, go to prison tomorrow—it’s the Jersey way, and the goal of our lawsuit is to boot this law, which makes no one safer, into the trash heap of history where it belongs,” Bach said.

Those who choose to protect themselves and their families and resist this legislation by holding on to their weapons will be charged with a 4th degree felony and face up to 18 months in jail and a $10,000 fine.

This legislation is just one of several bills that have been passed in New Jersey recently, with the purpose of increasing gun restrictions in a state that is already known for its strict gun laws. Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bills into law earlier this month, which are all targeted at increasing gun control by expanding background checks, adding increased restrictions to concealed carry permits, and establishing a “red flag” system where individuals can report people who they believe are dangerous, and those suspects will have their firearms temporarily seized by police.

Assembly Bill 1217 authorizes “gun violence restraining orders” and firearm seizure warrants; Assembly Bill 1181 requires firearms seizure when mental health professionals determines a patient poses a threat of harm to himself or others; Assembly Bill 2757 requires background check for private gun sales; Assembly Bill 2758 codifies and restricts regulations defining justifiable need to carry handgun; and Assembly Bill 2759 prohibits possession of ammunition that qualifies as “capable of penetrating body armor.”

Yet even with the current gun regulations in place, a convicted felon who spent years in prison on aggravated manslaughter charges was able to access a handgun, which he used to unleash a hail of bullets on a crowd at an arts festival in Trenton, New Jersey, last week, and 22 people were injured as a result. Everything he did to obtain the gun and open fire was illegal—none of the laws stopped him.

When strict control gun control laws are enforced, it is not the criminals who suffer, but the law-abiding citizens who own guns for the purpose of protecting themselves and their families, and the new gun restrictions in New Jersey set a dangerous precedent that could serve as a blueprint for other states to follow.

Rachel Blevins is an independent journalist from Texas, who aspires to break the false left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives. Follow Rachel on Facebook, TwitterYouTube, Steemit and Patreon. This article first appeared at The Free Thought Project.


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25 Comments on "State Bans Guns That Hold More Than 10 Rounds, Citizens Told To Surrender Them or Become Criminals"

  1. The local chapter of the NRA is currently suing the NJ govt for their obvious disregard of our 2nd amendment human rights. Please join the NRA if you can afford it. TY.

  2. NJ state government must be reading the Mein Kampf. They accuse the republicans of being nastu nazis but they are the ones that are collecting guns and amo.
    NJ gubers are exactly why the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was put in the bill of rights:
    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free
    State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be
    infringed.

  3. The battle of Concord took place for this very reason

  4. dan from ohio | June 27, 2018 at 1:08 pm | Reply

    If they attempt to take them,defend yourself and fight back…

  5. tribble trouble | June 27, 2018 at 1:35 pm | Reply

    Yep, this is how it always happens. First they just want you to register your guns and then later, once they figure everyone that is going to comply has, they come to take them. All firearm bans are unconstitutional. Think of this, insurrectionist decided to separate themselves from England and had to deal with the same thing and that is why there is a 2nd amendment. Remember this also that firearms of that day were pretty much equal to the military’s weapons and they were quiet aware of this when writing the 2nd amendment. They never intended for us to be out-gunned by any government as they didn’t care to be out-gunned either. Things would have been different if they had continually complied with tyranny as we have been doing for years. It’s time to say no more.

    • The first if all else fails is to bring the age up to 21 from 18. However, the people making this laws sure like them 18-20 year olds when the crap hits the fan and have NO issues with them spilling their blood for them. BOYCOTT ALL STORES NOT SELLING RIFLES, SHOTGUNS OR AMMO TO 18-20 YEAR OLDS!

  6. It’s our 2nd amendment right, you idiot!

  7. The judges and politicians are the real felons, they have usurped your constitution!
    You must not hand them in.
    Resist these tyrants. The US citizenry is all that stands between the free peoples the world over or a global dictatorship.
    God bless you all.

  8. BugsBunnyPatriot | June 27, 2018 at 2:31 pm | Reply

    NJ will need our support in person to defend their rights. If not now when?

  9. I think New Jersey is due for losing one million tax paying citizens. Their laws only extend to the state line. If you move and take your weapon, change your residence, that should end the harassment in the bluest of states.

  10. Those New Jersey politicians are setting themselves up to be viewed as criminals and anti-American. If they go after the guns I’m sure that would be the distruction of them.

  11. Stupid politicians are going to get people killed do they not understand that? They should be held accountable if that happens.

  12. Of course any law-enforcement performing those duties would be in dereliction of their constitutional Oath. They should also be viewed as criminals and treated as such.

  13. They can take their act and stuff it. Where is their authority to over rule the US Constitution ? “Shall not be infringed”. That’s what it says, and I need no Philly lawyer to explain to me what it means.

  14. DON’T send the cops to get them…. YOU DO IT, it’s YOUR idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Agree 100%. No Barney Fife’s, No military just POLITICIANS knocking at the door and demanding.

  15. NJ citizens already decided no one in the state government can have a weapon that holds more than one round. Violators will be disarmed and forced to recite the constitution in Spanish while standing naked in front of the capital.

  16. New Jersey knows the system is about to collapse and they fear the armed population.

  17. Just hang in there the New Supreme Court will take care of this.

  18. Yes these libtard communist politicians try to make people sound like criminals when they are the criminals because they are defying the supreme law of the land. Evidently these scum think their laws exceed the Supreme Laws of the Nation.

  19. Rumplestiltskin | June 28, 2018 at 6:30 am | Reply

    The FINAL WORD; M.O.L.O.N L.A.B.E you fuquing morons !

  20. The “tree” in NJ needs refreshing.

  21. Molon labe.

  22. “… it is not the criminals who suffer, but the law-abiding citizens who own guns for the purpose of protecting themselves and their families, ….”

    Oh quite the contrary….this is EXACTLY what these infringements are DESIGNED to do.
    This is about control of the population. Just as freed slaves were disarmed arfter the Civil
    War the subjects of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Corporation must be disarmed
    so that the “human resources” can be used…

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