It’s one thing for a state to say gun magazines holding more than 10 rounds now are illegal.
That’s just a matter of votes that align with the anti-Second Amendment social agenda, and a signature from a like-minded governor.
It’s apparently another thing to get millions of people to comply.
That’s the latest development in New Jersey, where a gun magazine ban recently became law.
The ban was signed into law last summer by Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, and state officials gave residents until Dec. 11, 2018, to turn over magazines to police – or sell or store them out of state.
According to a report from the AmmoLand blog, which has monitored the developments, “Two sources from within the state police, who spoke to AmmoLand on condition of anonymity, told AmmoLand News that they both do not know of any magazines turned over to their agency and doubted that any were turned in.
“They also stated that the state police also engaged the AG’s office for guidance on how to respond to inquiries such as ours.”
The issue is not uncommon these days, as several states have made similar moves, to ban magazines above a certain capacity.
There have been lawsuits, and protests, and boycotts, but for the most part, judges have allowed the confiscation programs to move forward.
New Jersey, however, is encountering a new strategy.
“New Jersey’s standard capacity magazine ban is now in effect making New Jersey’s one million gun owners criminals in the eyes of the state. But in an act of mass defiance, New Jersey residents refuse to comply,” the report said. “Any magazine holding more than ten rounds is now illegal in the Garden State. The standard magazine for an AR-15 holds 30 rounds. Glock 19s, which is the most popular pistol in the United States, holds 15 rounds. Anyone who is possession of larger magazine is committing a fourth-degree felony.”
Random message board discussions simply described the ban as unenforceable.
“AmmoLand’s sources within the New Jersey state police that spoke on a condition of anonymity stated that they had not received any guidance on how to enforce the ban from the AG’s office. They said that there is currently no plan to investigate gun owners suspected of having the now banned magazines,” the report said.
“All the local police departments that AmmoLand contacted stated that they have not had any magazines turned into them.”