GOP lawmakers push back against N.J. law penalizing gun-carrying visitors with jail term

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick

Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick

Top Republicans in New Jersey’s Legislature say it’s ridiculous that law-abiding visitors who accidentally bring a gun into the state face a mandatory three-year prison term.


GOP lawmakers are trying to draft legislation giving prosecutors discretion to reduce the charges, said Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick said.

“Where we help the good guy stay out of jail and keep the bad guy in the jail. All we’re doing is kind of giving examples to each other,” said Bramnick, R-Union. “It’s like a law a school project. It’s really difficult to draft.”

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Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto, D-Hudson, said he will not post any bills for consideration that weaken gun safety in New Jersey.

But Republican Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon said that’s not the intent.

“It isn’t about weakening gun laws that are protecting people,” he said. “It’s about getting rid of stupid laws that are destroying perfectly innocent reasonably behaving people.”

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