New Jersey’s senior Democrats are vowing to pass stricter gun laws, possibly sparking a battle with Gov. Chris Christie, reports the Wall Street Journal. Standing by two parents of Newtown, Ct., school-shooting victims and wiping away tears, New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat, said he would support reducing the ammunition capacity of gun magazines to 10 rounds from the current 15 rounds. The reversal by Sweeney, who is eyeing a run for governor in 2017, may give the bill enough political fuel to drive it to Christie’s desk.
The bill’s supporters say limiting ammunition capacity forces shooters to reload more often. That gives victims more time to escape and law-enforcement officials more time to converge. It also limits the barrage of bullets a shooter can spray at a time. “When [Adam Lanza] stopped to reload, 11 children were saved,” said Mark Barden, a gun-control advocate and the father of Daniel Barden, a 7-year-old who died in Newtown in 2012. Christie has vetoed past gun-control bills. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association, said it would “actively lobby” against the bill. Andrew Arulanandam, a spokesman at the National Rifle Association, called the law’s focus “flat-out wrong.”