Greenwald: Gun control must include high capacity magazine ban

Assemblyman Lou Greenwald said today that any package of gun control bills that passes through the Assembly must include a ban on high capacity magazines.

Greenwald is a sponsor of a bill that passed in the Assembly earlier this year that would limit an ammunition clip to 10 rounds.

The bill is not part of the package of bills set to be introduced by the Senate today.

“While I appreciate that the Senate and the front office are working very hard on the issue, every (gun control) advocate in New Jersey and around the country, including the president and the vice president, believe that gun control must include the clip bill.”

Greenwald said without the ban the Senate plan does not go far enough.  In fact, Greenwald said, banning the clips is the most important piece.

“The line in the sand here is that we believe the most important piece of this package of bills is the clip legislation,” the Assembly majority leader said.

A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that 70 percent of respondents favor the ban.  But what was more surprising is that half of all gun owners and 56 percent of Republicans support the ban.

But despite the push from gun control advocates in the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Ct., where a gunman murdered 20 children and six teachers, a similar measure as well as a host of others went down in flames in the U.S. Senate last week.

  Greenwald: Gun control must include high capacity magazine ban