Buono on Sweeney gun bill: absence of further restriction on mags capacity a deal breaker

ROSELLE – Senator Barbara Buono (D-18) said she cannot support Senate President Steve Sweeney’s (D-3) proposed gun reform legislation that does not restrict gun magazine capacity from 15 to ten.

After meeting with the parents of Newtown children murdered in a killing spree, Buono said she approached Sweeney and asked for a stand-alone vote on magazine capacity.

“He refused,” said the presumptive Democratic nominee. “He doesn’t support it.”

And Buono said she doesn’t support his bill without the limit. 

“It is a deal breaker for me,” said the gubernatorial candidate, who stood with many Union County Democratic Party leaders outside Roselle City Hall. “I will not vote for it.”

A longtime Buono ally, Mayor Jamel Holley welcomed state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20), Sen. Nick Scutari (D-22), Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage, Sheriff Ralph Forehlich, Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-22), and Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr.

Sweeney’s Senate bill diverges from an Assembly gun control bill, which includes the limit Buono wants, but the Democratic candidate for governor refused to identify a divided party on the issue or take a shot at Sweeney.

“The main impediment is the governor,” she said. “He is the one who has failed to lead on this issue.” 

Other provisions of Buono’s gun prevention plan include universal background checks, face-to-face sale of ammunition, and further military style weapons restrictions. Buono on Sweeney gun bill: absence of further restriction on mags capacity a deal breaker