NEW JERSEY (PIX11) – The gun control debate shifts to New Jersey Tuesday as the families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting lobby state lawmakers for stricter laws. Their visit comes after both Connecticut and New York passed stronger gun laws.
The goal is to make sure a shooting like the one that claimed the lives of 20 children and 6 educators at Sandy Hook never happens in New Jersey.
The families who lost loved ones in the massacre plan to push for tougher gun laws in Trenton as the State Senate holds its first hearing on firearms legislation.
When gun control failed to pass the Senate in Washington, parents like Mark Barden who lost his 7 year old son Daniel in the tragedy vowed to keep up the fight. At the White House he said ” Change will happen. Maybe not today but it will happen, and it will happen soon.”
The Sandy Hook families planned to hold a news conference at the Statehouse before lawmakers were scheduled to begin their work.
The State Senate will be considering a number of measures including some that would provide harsher penalties for gun trafficking and straw buyers. The families will ask lawmakers to consider legislation that would limit the size of magazines dropping bullet capacity from the current 15 per magazine allowed in New Jersey to 10 rounds.
The idea is smaller magazines would require shooters to stop and reload during a situation like the Sandy Hook shootings possibly saving lives. Some opponents say requiring smaller magazines is unfair to law abiding gun owners.