Well, that was a bust, wasn’t it?

New Jersey –-(Ammoland.com)-There is an estimated one million-gun owners with standard capacity magazines (10+ rounds) in the State of New Jersey bringing an estimated number of magazines holding more than ten rounds to around ten million. Some estimates even have this number being higher.

When New Jersey passed a law making these magazines illegal in 2018, there was a debate on whether the gun owners of the state would hand in their magazines. When the law went into effect at the end of last year, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal celebrated it as a victory against gun rights advocates.

AmmoLand news reached out to departments across the Garden State and the New Jersey State Police to see how many magazines were turned in for destruction. Local departments were quick to confirm that they did not receive any magazines turned in by the citizens of New Jersey. The State Police would not comment on the record on the number of magazines turned in by residents.
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9 Responses to Well, that was a bust, wasn’t it?

  1. A Texan says:

    This law didn’t come into effect in 2018 – this one only cut the allowed number of rounds/mag to 10 from 15. The limit of 15 started in 1990 under Flim Flam Florio.

    I, personally, only owned a couple in 1990. But I made it my business to go to Pennsylvania’s Forks of the Delaware gun show in Allentown numerous times, and bought many standard capacity mags for rifles that I didn’t even own yet, and bring them back to the PRNJ. When I passed the “Welcome to Delaware” sign on the way out nearly 20 years ago, I casually turned to my wife (then of about 1 1/2 years) and said, “Well, now you don’t have to worry about bailing me out of jail.” I got pie eyes and she demanded an explanation. So I explained the law to her…and then she asked how many of them I had. I responded, “About 18 inches behind my ass is roughly 200 years’ worth in Rahway State Prison.” She turned as pale as a ghost and said nothing for about 15 seconds (which is REALLY uncharacteristic of her), and then asked if they have laws like that in Texas. “No, babe, don’t worry, Texas is in America.”

    Laws like this DO have a chilling effect – you pretty much dare not bring the mags out to a public range, as either some cop in civvies or some rat-fink “law-abiding citizen” would report you. So just by having the law they are reducing the use of the mags, even without collecting them. Of course, if the fecal matter hits the rotating impeller, there are no more rules and you’ll have what you need/want…but this is a situation that is intolerable in a free society.

  2. J-Dog says:

    They don’t need to turn them in or confiscate them. Chilling effect means no one is using them publically, the people have taken them out of circulation, doing the jackboots jobs for them. Who wants to be a test case in the Glorious People’s Republic of New Jersey? Tow the whole state out to the deepest trench on the Atlantic and sink it.

  3. bogsidebunny says:

    Liberal anti-2nd strategy 101: Time for the NJ State Storm Troopers to start kicking down the doors of those “suspected” of possessing these instruments of evil. Cut ’em out of the herd one at a time and after a while the rest will be scrambling to divest themselves of the mags. Don’t guffaw, it may not happen soon and it will probably be very covert but the NJ Liberal politicians will give the orders and the NJ Gestapo will follow orders.

    • Sabre22 says:

      There is NO law Enforcement exemption in New Jersey so they try to take them from private citizens they also have to take them from law enforcement officers as well.

  4. Nemo says:

    This NJ law is all moot anyway based on the recent ruling in Cali BY A NINTH CIRCUS judge. If the NINTH CIRCUS rules that a state law infringed the Second Amendment, you can bet the rest of these laws in other states are doing the same.

    • FaCubeItches says:

      Yeah, except that ruling lasted an entire week before the judge who issued it effectively reversed himself.

      • Nemo says:

        He didn’t reverse himself. He stayed his own order based on an appeal by the CA DA. Not the same as a reversal. This case will got to the SJC eventually. First it has to make its way up through the higher courts in the Ninth Circus, then on to the SJC. I figure it’ll take 3-4 years before its settled, but Cali’s and all the rest of the blue states that enacted hi-cap mag bans, including VT of all places, will be found invalid due to infringement.

    • RL says:

      Hate to say it, but the ruling of the Ninth Circus only applies in the jurisdiction of the 9th Circuit. If the case were to be ruled on by the Supreme Court, then Jersey would have to allow the mags, but SCOTUS has not yet so ruled. Which means that the ruling of the Ninth Circuit has no effect on NJ.

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