Texas Joins Coalition Calls on Supreme Court to Hear New Jersey Gun Laws | Magazines | Epoch Times

[EpochTimesJune92021](Reported by English Epoch Times reporter Tom Ozimek/Compiled by Zhong Xinping) Recently, Texas joined a coalition of 25 states, urging the US Supreme Court to repeal a New Jersey law. The law prohibits the possession of guns with a magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds. The Union believes that the legal prohibition violates the Second Amendment and reduces the ability of law-abiding citizens to resist dangerous criminals.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced in a statement that he has signed an amicus curiae briefing, which believes that allowing law-abiding citizens to carry guns with more than 11 magazines is good for public safety and counteracts the threat of illegal gun violence. , Which helps “make our community safer.”

“New Jersey’s law blatantly violates the Second Amendment, and its existence threatens the rights of law-abiding citizens. This law must be repealed,” Ken Paxton said. “To criminalize possession of such commonly used magazines would make Americans are defenseless and vulnerable, especially in areas with high crime rates.”

On February 27, 2021, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was interviewed by The Epoch Times “Crossroads” at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida. (The Epoch Times)

According to the New Jersey law of 2018, the production, transportation, sale or other handling of magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds will be considered illegal. The law refers to magazines with a capacity of 10 rounds as “large-capacity magazines.” Last year, after the New Jersey Gun Association and two people challenged the ban, the Third Circuit upheld the law. The Gun Association asked the entire court of the Third Circuit to hear the case, but ultimately rejected the case by 8 to 6 votes.

A coalition of 25 state attorneys general is urging the Supreme Court to review the court ruling. The coalition stated in the Friends of the Court briefing that “large capacity” is a misnomer, because many of the most popular guns in the United States come standard with 11 to 15 rounds of magazines, and such magazines are “no sin.” . The alliance stated that 43 U.S. states allow the use of more than 11 rounds of magazines and are considered “standard equipment for many commonly used pistols for self-defense.”

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On March 20, 2020, a worker supplies a pistol at the Davidson Defense Company in Orem, Utah. (GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images)

The initial amicus curiae briefing was filed on May 28 and was initiated by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. “New Jersey lawmakers have no idea about our ability to protect ourselves and our families,” Brnovich said in a statement. “We hope that the Supreme Court will hear this case and reverse this attempt to violate our rights.”

In addition to Texas, other states that signed the briefing include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Currently, the Biden administration is seeking to tighten gun restrictions and take measures nationwide to control the sales and use of gun parts such as guns and magazines. Biden had previously declared the shooting a “public health crisis.”

The Ministry of Justice issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on May 7. The department stated that the notice would “modernize the definition” of the frame or receiver and plug the regulatory loopholes related to the “ghost gun”.

On May 26, after the mass shooting in San Jose, California, Biden issued a statement calling on Congress to “take immediate action and listen to the call of the American people, including the vast majority of gun owners, to help end this conflict. There is a flood of guns in the United States.”

Editor in charge: Lin Yuan

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