Texas joins 24 other state urging Supreme Court to overturn New Jersey’s gun magazine ban

Texas joins 24 other state urging Supreme Court to overturn New Jersey’s gun magazine ban

In this Feb. 28, 2013 file photo, newly-packaged 30-round capacity ammunition magazines for high-velocity rifles are stacked awaiting shipment or storage. (The Center Square) — Texas is now the 25th state to join a coalition of attorneys general urging the U.S. Supreme Court to repeal a New Jersey law that bans the possession of high-capacity magazines for firearms, arguing it violates the Second Amendment. Most popular firearms owned in the U.S. come standard with magazines holding a range of 11 to 15 rounds, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued, “making New Jersey’s law both unreasonable and unconstitutional.” “New Jersey’s law is a blatant violation of the Second Amendment, and its mere existence threatens the rights of law-abiding citizens,” Paxton said in a statement, arguing for the law to be struck down. “Criminalizing the possession of a magazine that is so commonly used leaves Americans defenseless and vulnerable, especially in high crime areas,” Paxton added. Texas joined an amicus brief first filed May 28 by Arizona, Louisiana and 22 other states in support of the plaintiffs, New Jersey resident Blake Ellman and the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistols Clubs. The plaintiffs sued New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal over a 2018 law that made it a fourth-degree indictable crime to produce, transport, sell, or otherwise dispose of magazines with more than a 10-round capacity. If someone were to transport a gun and large capacity magazine “to or from a licensed firearms dealer in another state that allows magazines […]

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