This week, the possession of "high capacity" magazines officially became a fourth-degree felony in New Jersey, thanks to a bill signed into law by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy this summer. But according to one government memo, the law also negatively impacts law enforcement.
What are the details?
The law, which prohibits possession of firearm magazines able to hold more than 10 rounds, took effect Tuesday morning. Unfortunately, the new law, which critics say is anti-Second Amendment, also applies to off-duty police officers in The Garden State
A memo circulating online from one New Jersey prosector in Bergen County shows the extend to which the law affects law enforcement.
"This statue now provides that law enforcement officers are not permitted to possess large capacity ammunition magazines," the memo states, "unless while on duty or traveling to or from an authorized place of duty."
"This statue applies to all law enforcement officers, including those subject to on-call status. Violation of this statue constitutes a fourth degree crime," the memo adds.
Fortunately, as the memo states, there already exists pending legislation that seeks to make all law enforcement, including off-duty police officers, except from the new ban.
Has the law been challenged in court?
The law was challenged, but earlier this month, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upheld the law in a 2 to 1 ruling. The judge who dissented was appointed to the court by President Donald Trump.