The New Jersey Senate voted Monday to pass a bill banning high-capacity magazines, despite Republican opposition and reservations voiced by some Democrats.
The bill, which would reduce maximum ammunition capacity from 15 rounds to 10, has already cleared the Assembly and now heads to Gov. Christie’s desk. The Republican governor approved some gun-control measures last year but vetoed others, such as a proposed ban on .50 caliber weapons.
Proponents said the legislation came in response to the December 2012 massacre at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school, in which the assailant used guns equipped with high-capacity magazines to kill children and educators. Parents of some of those children traveled to Trenton earlier this year in support of the bill.
“Today we’re taking another step to fulfill a promise that many of us here made to the parents of the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut who suffered losses beyond comprehension,” Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D., Bergen), one of the bill’s sponsors, said on the Senate floor Monday.
Assembly Democrats have long pushed for the magazine restriction, which gained traction earlier this year when Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) withdrew his opposition. He has said he changed his mind after meeting with the Sandy Hook parents.