NJ Dems Introduce 18 Gun Control Bills - Some Requiring Psych Evaluations

Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | January 9, 2013 | 12:03 PM EST

In an abbreviated legislative session on January 8, New Jersey Democrats introduced 18 new gun control bills - including two requiring personal mental health evaluations.

Some of the more egregious bills include:

  • Requiring ammunition sales and transfers be conducted as face-to-face transactions (essentially ending online purchases).
  • Reduces maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.(Currently the maximum magazine capacity is 15 rounds).
  • Requires mental health screening by licensed professional to purchase a firearm (A backdoor way of limiting purchases if we leave it to a state "professional," in my humble opinion).
  • Prohibits investment by State of pension and annuity funds in companies manufacturing, importing, and selling assault firearms for civilian use (But, gun maker stocks have soared over the last 4 years!).
  • Requires psychological evaluation and in-home inspection as prerequisite to purchase firearm (In-home inspections? What about a right to privacy?)

The full list of all 18 bills can be read here.

Governor Chris Christie stated this morning on NBC's Today show that he is willing to have a conversation about stricter gun laws.

He also said that legislators need to discuss more than just controlling guns:

"If all we talk about is just controlling guns we're not doing enough.  We need to talk about mental illness ... and substance abuse," Christie said.

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