TRENTON – Assembly lawmakers engulfed in a heated debate over legislation aimed at stemming gun violence planned to slightly alter Wednesday’s committee voting session.
Assemblyman Charles Mainor, (D-31), chairman of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee, decided lawmakers will vote on the remaining gun violence bills at the conclusion of today’s committee hearing rather than vote bill by bill.
The decision was made in order to allow people to speak on behalf of specific bills or only testify a single time on all the bills before lawmakers vote, Mainor said.
Lawmakers voted several proposals out of the committee before attendees – who range in the hundreds – urged officials to change the order.
Mainor’s decision came after nearly two hours of blistering testimony from mostly gun rights advocates who say lawmakers are infringing on residents’ Second Amendment rights.
Altogether, the panel started the day with more than 20 bills to consider.