In March the state Assembly passed the 10-round limit, still must sign on to the amended bill before it goes to Governor Christie’s desk. The Republican governor hasn’t said whether he supports the measure, which is fraught with political considerations. Recently a tighter restriction on the number of rounds a gun’s magazine can hold passed the New Jersey Senate.

A 45 minute debate over the bill between lawmakers was held on the Senate floor today, with Republicans arguing it will do little to reduce gun violence and save lives and Democrats countering that forcing gunmen to change magazines more frequently will give people more time to escape during mass shootings. “Today we’re taking another step to fulfill a promise that many of us here made to the parents of children of sandy hook elementary school in Connecticut,” said state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, one of the bill’s sponsors.

But Sen. Gerald Cardinale, R-Demarest, said the limit won’t have much effect because “the criminals and the mentally unstable are not going to worry about this law.” And several Democrats said they were concerned the bill would outlaw various antique firearms that have fixed cartridges, though the lawmakers still voted for the measure.

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