Redundant Bump Stock ban passes NJ Assembly and Senate

A measure to specifically ban bump stocks passed the NJ Assembly yesterday after being passed in the State Senate on Friday. Bump stocks and trigger cranks were already illegal under New Jersey Law for firearms owners, but the new law will ban possession these items for everyone.  The measure appears to have passed both houses with no votes in opposition.

The ban applies to bump stocks, defined as “any device or instrument for a firearm that increases the rate of fire… by using energy from the recoil of the firearm to generate a reciprocating action that facilitates repeated activation of the trigger.”  The newly passed legislation also bans possession of “trigger cranks”.  Conviction under the proposed law will constitute a crime of the third degree and may not be converged with conviction of possession of an assault firearm.

ANJRPC, in an alert last week, detailed the redundancy of this bill:

the legislation seeks to ban “bump-stocks,” even though they are already prohibited under New Jersey’s existing “assault” firearms law, according to New Jersey firearms law expert Evan Nappen (because they possess two “offending features” – a pistol grip and a telescoping stock, thus constituting a “part or combination of parts designed or intended to convert the firearm into an assault firearm…” N.J.S. 2C:39-1w(5))