Following on our earlier report, the bump fire ban trend is creeping its way down the east coast . . . New Jersey Moves to Outlaw ‘Bump Stocks’ for All Residents
A state Senate bill, S-3477, which would ban accessories including bump stocks and “trigger cranks,” was approved Monday by the budget committee. An identical bill in the Assembly was voted out of committee at the end of November; the final legislation will go to a full Senate vote in the coming weeks. It is unknown if Gov. Chris Christie will sign it, as he has vetoed gun-control bills in the past.
Under current New Jersey law, it is illegal to possess a machine gun or an assault firearm. Gun owners are also prohibited from owning components designed to convert a gun into an assault weapon (including bump stocks). The new legislation would make it illegal to possess a bump stock or trigger crank at all, regardless of whether an individual owns a gun. Under the new legislation, the penalty for possessing a bump stock or trigger crank would be the same as if someone possessed an assault firearm or machine gun.
But wait! There’s more!
The bill would also make it a crime to manufacture, transport, ship, sell, or dispose of a bump stock or trigger crank in the state. Those who already own a bump stock would be allowed to voluntarily surrender their accessories to a law enforcement agency within 90 days of the bill’s effective date. Licensed manufacturers and retailers would have 30 days to voluntarily surrender their bump stocks or trigger cranks.
Did you catch that? Owners would be “allowed” to “voluntarily” surrender their accessories. Without compensation. Fifth Amendment be damned.