(USA Features) Two dozen states have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take a case involving New Jersey’s ban on high capacity magazines.
An amicus brief, led by Arizona and Louisiana, argues that New Jersey’s ban turns lawful gun owners into criminals and is a violation of the Second Amendment’s ‘infringement’ clause, Fox News reported Friday.
“The Amici States the Attorneys General serve are among the forty-three states that permit the standard, eleven-plus capacity magazines that New Jersey has banned…and have advanced their compelling interests in promoting public safety, preventing crime, and reducing criminal firearm violence without a magazine ban such as the one here,” the 24 states write.
The law, passed in 2018, bans “large-capacity” magazines capable of holding 11 or more rounds. The ban has since been upheld by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
In addition, the law bans ownership, not just sale, of the magazines. The law is being challenged by the New Jersey Gun Association, which is also urging the high court to take the case.
“New Jersey’s law criminalizes mere possession of commonly-used arms even in the home for self-defense, and therefore the law strikes at the core of the Second Amendment,” the states argue.
“New Jersey’s outright ban on the Affected Magazines is inconsistent with the Second Amendment, and the Third Circuit erred by concluding otherwise.”
Along with Arizona and Louisiana, the states signed onto the brief are: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
“New Jersey lawmakers are operating in total ignorance of self-defense, our Constitution, and the will of the people to uphold both,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich noted in a statement. “We hope the Supreme Court will hear this case and reverse this misguided attempt to erode our rights.”