Press Releases

Greenwald: National Law Enforcement Leaders Have Supported High-Capacity Magazine Ban to Reduce Gun Violence

March 13, 2014

Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) pushed for passage of his bill, A-2006, Thursday, which promotes public safety and reduces gun violence by limiting ammunition magazines to ten rounds. Greenwald noted that cracking down on high-capacity magazines is critical to reducing gun violence and noted that national law enforcement leaders have supported banning high-capacity magazines.

"A ten-round magazine limit is a reasonable measure that will save lives, reduce gun violence, and protect our communities from senseless tragedy," said Greenwald. "A ten-round limit has drawn wide support from national law enforcement leaders because they know it is a balanced, common-sense approach that will save lives while respecting lawful gun owners' Second Amendment rights."

Numerous national law enforcement leaders have long expressed support for banning high-capacity magazines, including:

Jim Johnson, Baltimore Police Chief & Chair of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence

High-capacity magazines are the deadliest of gun cartridges. They come in cases of 30, 40, 60 and even 120 rounds...[Baltimore County Police Chief Jim] Johnson, the Chair of the National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, wants to limit them to a capacity of 10 rounds.

The fewer the bullets, the more often the shooter has to stop firing, eject the empty cartridge and load another one.

A lot can happen in the window of time it takes to reload, Johnson said.

Greenwald, Quijano, Eustace, Johnson & Jasey Bill Banning High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines in NJ Clears Assembly Panel

March 13, 2014

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Lou Greenwald, Annette Quijano, Albert Coutinho, Tim Eustace, Gordon Johnson and Mila Jasey to ban the sale of high-capacity magazines capable of carrying more than 10 rounds in New Jersey was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.

"High-capacity magazines have only one purpose - to inflict the most damage possible in the shortest amount of time," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington), who has long pushed for the bill. "We've made a commitment to these parents make public safety a priority and ban these magazines that have fueled horrible shootings throughout this country. We owe it to the children lost in Newtown and the countless other victims to ensure we do everything we can to prevent another tragedy. With this bill, we continue to respect law-abiding gun owners, but make it more difficult for those who are intent on hurting others. That's common sense."

Under current law, magazines capable of holding a maximum of 15 rounds of ammunition are legal in New Jersey. The bill (A-2006) would reduce the lawful maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds. The limit proposed by the bill would bring New Jersey's laws in line with the magazine limits contained in the original 1994 assault weapons ban.
The bill has been part of the Assembly Democratic gun violence prevention effort.

McKeon, Prieto & Greenwald Bill to Create Statewide Gun Buyback Program Clears Assembly Panel

March 10, 2014

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John McKeon (D-Essex/Morris), Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) and Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) to create a statewide gun buyback program to cut back on the number of firearms out in communities throughout the state was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

"Gun violence claims lives everyday. In some communities, it is an-all too common reality," said McKeon. "We realize a gun buyback program alone will not eliminate gun violence, but it can help enhance public safety by reducing the number of firearms in circulation."

The bill (A-2895) would require the Attorney General to establish a statewide gun buyback program that would allow New Jersey citizens to voluntarily and anonymously surrender firearms and weapons in their possession in exchange for a monetary reward. The form of the reward, such as cash or debit card, would be determined by the Attorney General.

"A gun in the hands of a violent or disturbed individual is a bad combination," said Prieto. "This can help keep guns from falling into the wrong hands by creating a controlled environment where individuals looking to get rid of their weapons can do so safely and anonymously."

"A gun buyback program is not the be-all and end-all solution to gun violence, but it can help make a dent by giving people the option to safely discard their weapons," said Greenwald. "Anything we can do to reduce the number of guns in our communities is a worthwhile pursuit."

More on Bill to Reimburse College Application Fees to Veterans and Armed Forces Members

February 27, 2014

(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, and Assembly Democrats Cleopatra G. Tucker, Gordon M. Johnson, Daniel J. Benson, Wayne P. DeAngelo, Gilbert "Whip" L. Wilson to encourage veterans and members of the Armed forces to pursue higher education goals was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

"These are real-life heroes who too often come home to face financial troubles despite their great sacrifice to our nation," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington). "A college education is the gateway to a better future, so this simple step is the right thing to do for our veterans and members of the Armed Forces."

"Our military deserve every break we can give them for their enduring service to our country," said Tucker (D-Essex). "An opportunity to further their education will help them to continue making invaluable contributions to our country."

"Our veterans and military are the pride of our nation," said Johnson (D-Bergen) "These men and women have defended our freedom with bravery and courage. So let's do what we can to help them achieve their education goals."

The bill (A-2019) requires public institutions of higher education to waive or reimburse the public institution's application fee and fee for the receipt or transmission of a transcript for veterans, members of the Armed Forces of the United States, the Reserve components thereof, or members of the New Jersey National Guard who reside in this State and accept admission to the public institution of higher education.

Prieto & Greenwald on Plans to Advance Bill Banning High-Capacity Ammunition Magazines in New Jersey

February 24, 2014

(TRENTON) - Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald on Monday joined with parents of school children killed in Newtown, Ct. and gun safety advocates to welcome plans to finally advance legislation to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines in New Jersey.

"We've seen the horrors of large capacity magazines when they were tragically used in mass shootings throughout our nation," said Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen). "They serve no other purpose but to allow someone to shoot longer and inflict more damage without having to pause to reload. In the debate over gun safety, saving lives always comes first, and we will do all we can to ensure the tragedy of Newtown cannot happen again. Standing idle can never be an option when such a sensible bill as this can easily be pushed toward law. We must do the right thing and today we're finally headed in the right direction - toward a safer New Jersey."

"High-capacity magazines have only one purpose - to inflict the most damage possible in the shortest amount of time," said Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington), who has long pushed for the bill. "We've made a commitment to these parents make public safety a priority and ban these magazines that have fueled horrible shootings throughout this country. We owe it to the children lost in Newtown and the countless other victims to ensure we do everything we can to prevent another tragedy. With this bill, we continue to respect law-abiding gun owners, but make it more difficult for those who are intent on hurting others. That's common sense."