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Democratic Assembly candidate Lisa Mandelblatt at Gov. Phil Murphy's forum to promote gun safety on June 19, 2019 in Westfield. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Bramnick opposed bill to ban large capacity magazines used by Dayton shooter, Democrats say

Mandelblatt, Gunderman: ‘We don’t need members of the Assembly who cower to the gun lobby or avoid taking a stance’

By David Wildstein, August 08 2019 11:45 am

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A vote by Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) against a bill to ban large capacity magazines like the one used by a mass shooter in Dayton, Ohio last weekend has become an issue in his re-election campaign.

Democratic challengers Lisa Mandelblatt and Stacey Gunderman have spent months making gun safety a top issue in their campaign to unseat Bramnick and Minority Whip Nancy Munoz (R-Summit) in the politically competitive 21st district this fall.

Lisa Mandelblatt and Stacey Gunderman are criticizing Bramnick for being one of the legislators to vote against a bill that reduces the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds – and for Munoz’s decision to abstain on the bill.

“Our NRA A-Rated opponents have shown time and again that they refuse to support even the most basic common sense gun safety laws,” said Mandelblatt and Gunderman.  “Jon Bramnick voted against a law banning large capacity magazines like the one used by the Dayton shooter last weekend to gun down 9 people in 32 seconds. And No Show Nancy didn’t even have the courage to cast a vote on the measure. We don’t need members of the Assembly who cower to the gun lobby or avoid taking a stance.”

The legislation to ban large capacity magazines passed was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on June 13

The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs filed suit in federal court to block the new law but were unsuccessful.

Six days after Murphy signed the bill, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed a lawsuit against a firearms retailer from Nevada alleging that high-capacity magazines were sold to an undercover investigator.

Mandelblatt and Gunderman have received a Gun Sense Candidate Distinction from one of the top gun safety advocacy groups, Moms Demand Action.

The localization of national political issues hit home in June when Westfield police arrested a man in a parking lot of a local elementary school holding a .45-caliber handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets.

Bramnick, who earned a 100% rating from the National Rifle Association, has not yet commented on the incident that sent shockwaves through his hometown, and did not attend a gun safety event led by Murphy in Westfield days later.

Correction: Bramnick voted for the final version of of the bill, although he voted against it in previous votes.

Editor’s Note: a story that appeared on the New Jersey Globe site earlier today said that Bramnick voted against A-2761 when it returned to the Assembly for final passage on June 3, 2019.  That was incorrect.  In confirming the accuracy of statements made in a press release issued by the Mandelblatt-Gunderman campaign, the Globe looked at the vote on the March 26, 2018 for final passage and not the roll call for the concurrence with the Senate amendments.  Bramnick voted against the measure in March and for it in May.  The accuracy of representing a legislator’s vote is important, and we apologize for the error. – DW

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2 thoughts on “Bramnick opposed bill to ban large capacity magazines used by Dayton shooter, Democrats say

  1. Jon Bramnick’s opponents are circulating lies about his voting record on gun control, and the NJ Globe is printing those lies. You say Bramnick voted against a bill to limit magazines to 10 rounds. He actually voted YES on the legislation (A-2761) and it was recently signed into law by Gov. Murphy.
    Jon Bramnick has voted for a ban on high capacity magazines, universal background checks and strict limits on buying handguns. NJ has had an assault weapons ban since 1990, but NRA & Trump supporters in DC have just allowed it to expire at the federal level. Bramnick supports this law in NJ and supports restoring the federal ban on these weapons.
    I’m a lifelong Democrat and I support Jon Bramnick. He does not serve any special interest group. He’s incredibly hard working on behalf of his constituents. Please look at his total voting record on a credible site, don’t believe the crap posted on blogs and newsletters created by political propagandists and don’t listen to lies spread by his desperate opponents. We need people in Trenton who have integrity – not people who are trying to deceive their way into office.

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