Sen. Bob Gordon (D-38) wants restrictions on allowable gun magazine capacity reduced from 15 to five, and has sponsored legislation to that effect. But the fact that Senate President Steve Sweeney’s gun legislation doesn’t further restrict magazine capacity won’t stop Gordon from supporting Sweeney’s controversial package.
“It (Sweeney’s package) will be on the board list for the next voting session,” said Gordon, who spoke with the Senate president today and told him to count him in.
“While I’m disappointed we’re not addressing the size of magazines, I think what we’re doing represents significant progress,” Gordon told PolitickerNJ.com in reference to Sweeney’s bills.
Running in a battleground district, Gordon said he especially approves of the headway Sweeney’s legislation makes in the area of background checks in the case of private gun sales. “I told the Senate president I will keep pushing for five (as a limit on magazine capacity),” Gordon said, “but the fact that that is not part of the package will not prevent me from supporting it.”
It did prevent presumptive Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono from giving Sweeney’s gun reform package her support. “She makes her own decisions, as do I,” Gordon said. “My decision is half a loaf is better than none.”
Gordon’s general election opponent in the 38th District – Republican Fernando Alonso – also supports restrictions to magazine size, but last week wouldn’t say he favors going as far as Gordon.
Alonso said he favors a magazine reduction from 15 to ten, which is Buono’s preferred reduction.