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Monday, March 03 2014

 

New Jersey Senate President Announces Change of Heart on Gun Law

Source: The Blaze

Months after he blocked state senators from bringing forward a gun control bill that would place additional limits on magazine capacities, New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney, a Democrat, said he’s changed his mind.

In April 2013, when the New Jersey Senate was moving at a breakneck pace to enact strict gun control laws, Sweeney said the state’s current limit of 15 rounds was “effective,��? stifling efforts to restrict ammunition capacity down to 10 rounds.

But new efforts have been brought forward and Sweeney announced his support during a press conference Monday.

The parents of two children murdered in the 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., were on hand during the conference to offer their support for the new restriction, NJ.com reported.

“I’m very much pro-sportsmen,��? Sweeney said. “But when you look in the eyes of the parents that I did … I’m a father. There’s no excuse, there’s no reason. You have to look deep inside yourself as elected officials. Will this make it better? Yes. I’m a human being too and when you talk to families of victims, it’s pretty hard when you weigh it out – inconvenience to a life? It wasn’t that hard.��?

Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year old son was killed at Sandy Hook, said, “In Newtown we learned the brutal truth about the devastation that a high capacity magazine can cause.��?

“The person that killed my son carried 10, 30-round, large capacity magazines into Sandy Hook Elementary School. Three hundred rounds. He chose to leave the smaller capacity magazines at home. He chose to have the best kill rate possible by using high capacity magazines, which only exist to deliver as many bullets as possible in the shortest time frame. In approximately four minutes he shot 154 bullets and killed 26 women and children. Five of those bullets hit my son and in an instant my precious boy was gone,��? she said. “But in the time it took the shooter to reload … in Dylan’s classroom, 11 children had the opportunity to escape.��?

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