Gov. Chris Christie has signed into a law a bill banning bump stocks, like the one a gunman used in the Las Vegas concert shooting to turn a semi-automatic weapon into a rapid-shooting gun.
The outgoing Republican governor made no statement Monday on the Democratic-sponsored legislation making ownership of the devices illegal. Under previous law they weren't banned but were barred from legal use on weapons.
NJ.com reports that owners have 90 days to surrender bump stocks or "trigger cranks." Retailers have 30 days. Sale or possession now carries a three- to five-year sentence, a fine of up to $15,000, or both.
So it was already illegal to put it on a weapon, but now CONFISCATION is the order of the day.
GOP governor signing Dem Confiscation.
Don't worry, it's not a gun law:
Christie engaged reporters in a game of semantics Friday (10/6/17), saying the gun accessories — called “bump stocks” — are not guns and a ban on them would not, technically, be “a gun law.” But his comments were far afield from what he said Monday, when he dismissed the idea that a ban on bump stocks would have stopped the attacker from carrying out the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
“A bump stock is not a gun,” Christie said Friday during an unrelated news conference in Trenton. “I am not in favor of infringing any further on people’s Second Amendment rights. They have no Second Amendment right to own a bump stock.”