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Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick. Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe.

Bramnick claims Democrats are lying about his record on guns

‘My opponents and their allies are lying about my record on ending gun violence,” Assembly Minority Leader says

By David Wildstein, August 08 2019 11:06 pm

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Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) is pushing back on claims made by his Democratic opponents that he is an opponent of gun control and is touting a record of promoting gun safety issues in the New Jersey Legislature.

“Their latest claim that I voted against a bill to limit magazines to 10 rounds is a lie. On June 7, 2018 I voted YES on the legislation (A-2761) which was signed into law 6 days later,” Bramnick said after Lisa Mandelblatt and Stacey Gunderman’s campaign criticized him for opposing a bill to ban high capacity magazines, like the one used by a mass shooter in Dayton, Ohio last weekend.

Assembly voting records show that Bramnick voted against the bill when it originally passed the Assembly on March 26, 2018.  After the Senate amended the bill to allow gun owners to retain high capacity magazines registered with law enforcement, Bramnick voted to support the measure the following month.

Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Voorhees) first introduced a ban on high capacity magazines in 2011, and reintroduced identical legislation in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

The ban reached the Assembly floor for a vote twice, on February 21, 2013 and May 22, 2014.  Bramnick voted against the bill both times, voting records show.

The Senate never moved the bill in 2013, and Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed it after being passed by both houses the following year.

Bramnick says he has also voted for universal background checks and strict limits on handgun purchase.  He’s also touting his support of New Jersey’s assault weapons ban and says he also backs a federal ban.

“My opponents and their allies are lying about my record on ending gun violence.  They say I have a 100 percent rating from the NRA. That’s wrong,” Bramnick said.  “The truth is I have received more F’s than any other grade.”

Vote Smart, a non-partisan group that tracks ratings on candidates in national races, shows Bramnick received a 100% rating from the National Rifle Association in 2015 and 2017.

Bramnick urged his constituents to “take a look at my entire record and reject my opponents lies.”

“Let me be clear, I do not serve any special interest group,” Bramnick said.

Alex Koren, the campaign manager for Mandelblatt and Gunderman, doubled down on his criticism of Bramnick.

“Jon Bramnick voted against banning large-capacity magazines three times. Now he’s desperately trying to hide from his record by waving around a piece of paper saying he voted for it the fourth time,” Koren said.  “Bramnick is a shill for the gun lobby and his 100% rating from the NRA proves it.”

Bramnick urged his constituents to “take a look at my entire record and reject my opponents lies.”

“Jon Bramnick flip-flopped on his vote for one reason only: his concern for political survival,” Koren said. “It is despicable that he was less concerned about the more than 1,000 victims of mass shootings who have been killed since Sandy Hook.”

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

Assembly Roll Call on A-2761 on March 26, 2018.
Assembly Roll Call vote in 2014.
Assembly Roll Call vote in 2013.

 

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