Federal Judge upholds New Jersey Magazine Limit

A federal judge ruled this month in favor of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s infamous 10-round limit on magazine capacities. Though a state gun rights group challenged the constitutionality of the law, U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan ruled in favor of New Jersey.

The judge ruled the 10-round limit to be constitutional. He further claimed the court’s ruling “resolves all legal issues in this case,” reported nj.com.

New Jersey 10-Round Magazine Limit

Murphy signed the law, which state officials hailed as a measure to reduce casualties in a mass shooting because it doesn’t allow for magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammunition, in June 2018. Within an hour, the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs filed a lawsuit challenging the magazine limit and its constitutionality,” reported nj.com.

“Today, I’m proud to sign this series of common-sense gun safety bills into law to protect our children and families from the reckless dangers of gun violence, something the federal government has failed to do on behalf of its residents,” said Gov. Murphy’s in a press release at the time of the signing. “By setting these higher standards for gun safety, New Jersey continues to bolster its reputation as a national leader on this critical social and public health issue.”

However, the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs’ suit challenged the draconian law. Ultimately, that filing lead to the most recent decision.

“This unconstitutional law will be ignored by criminals and madmen, and affects only law-abiding citizens,” ANJRPC executive director Scott Bach said then in a statement. “It turns one million people into criminals with the stroke of a pen, limits self-defense, and takes away property lawfully acquired … Buy it yesterday, ban it today, go to prison tomorrow – it’s the Jersey way, and the goal of our lawsuit is to boot this law, which makes no one safer, into the trash heap of history where it belongs.”

Time will tell if the ANJRPC appeals the case further. Meanwhile, with New York City’s Gun Transport Law already on the U.S. Supreme Court’s radar, it seems yet another important 2A case looms in the near future, one way or another.

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