Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik took to Twitter before appearing on Fox & Friends on Sunday calling out New Jersey Governor Murphy for not excluding off duty police officers from his high capacity magazine ban. Kerik said in the Tweet ““NJ Governor @GovMurphy is endangering the life of every off duty NJ cop! Gang bangers, drug thugs and really bad guys don’t give a damn about magazine capacity. So he takes the good guy’s ammunition, and the bad guys are loaded for bear!” As we reported on Saturday the law does not make an exception for off duty law enforcement officers. According to a memorandum from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office to ranking law enforcement officers in Bergen County law enforcement officers in New Jersey must comply with the new large capacity magazine ban unless on duty. The memorandum states that law enforcement officers are not permitted to possess large capacity ammunition magazines unless while on duty or traveling to or from an authorized place of duty. Violators, including off duty police officers, can be found guilty of a crime of the 4th degree and face 18 months in jail and a $10,000 fine.
New Jersey’s has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country and they just got tougher. On Wednesday a Federal Appeals Court in Philadelphia ruled that a June 2018 gun law in New Jersey (AB2761) limiting the size of a magazine to 10 rounds does not violate the constitutional rights of gun owners and does not present an undue burden on gun owners who currently own magazines that would become illegal under the new law.