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.