An Assembly panel plans to take up a gun control bill to reduce the allowed size of ammunition magazines.

The bill (A2006) would reduce the size of magazines permitted in New Jersey from 15 rounds to 10. The Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee plans to take up the measure. Parents of Newtown victims have traveled to New Jersey twice to support the bill, saying many students escaped death because the shooter had to reload his magazine.

Gun rights advocates — who showed up to committee meetings by the hundreds last year to protest other proposed gun control laws — claim the bill will do nothing to enhance public safety and will only embolden criminals. The bill had been opposed by Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), who faced re-election last year in a competitive legislative district. Sweeney, however, now supports it.

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