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#1 Euler


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Posted 16 October 2019 - 10:48 PM


When New Jersey's ban on large-capacity gun magazines went into effect last December, it forced gun owners to make a decision.

Should they turn the magazines over to law enforcement? Should they modify them into compliance? Should they sell them to authorized owners or store them in another state?

Or simply ignore the law which banned magazines that have more than 10 rounds?
As the states largest gun group challenges the constitutionality of the law, gun owners have had to get creative with how they abide by the law.

Some gun owners have buried their large-capacity magazines in their backyard or behind sheetrock in their garage, said Eric Rebels, a local gun rights activist and owner of GunSitters, a secure firearms storage system company.

Others are opting to store them away from their homes.

"Thousands and thousands" of large-capacity magazines are stored currently at GunSitters in Whippany, where gun owners have handed over their large-capacity magazines, taking advantage of the storage option as litigation plays out, Rebels said. Some have turned over more than 100 magazines, which are held in a 3,000-square-foot steel vault.

In conjunction with County Line Firearms, a gun store in East Hanover where Rebels is a manager, they collect, catalogue and store as many large-capacity magazines as they can. It costs $1.25 per magazine a month to store it there.

Gun stores are legally allowed to store the banned magazines, but they cannot sell them.

The one thing Rebels said gun owners are not doing is handing their large-capacity magazines over to law enforcement, one of the choices state officials encouraged when the law went into effect.

A New Jersey State Police spokesman said not a single large-capacity magazine has been turned in since the law went into effect nearly nine months ago.
The storage of the banned magazines is also helping to fund the lawsuit challenging the large-capacity magazine ban law. Rebels said 20 percent of the money through the storage program is going towards funding the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistols lawsuit.

They plan to appeal it up to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary, said Bach, the executive director of the organization. If the ban remains intact, Rebels said people who have their magazines stored in the vault can have them modified to 10 rounds or sell or ship them out of state.

Edited by Euler, 16 October 2019 - 10:50 PM.

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 11:19 PM

Everytime I hear about this $1.25/month storage all I can think about is how many people are spending more than they are worth in storage fees.  I'm sure some are storing hard to find expensive magazines, but no doubt there are some silly people storing P-Mags and the likes and have already paid more in storage fees then the value of the magazines.

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 02:23 AM

I'm curious what percentage of gun owners are opting to pay that storage fee.  If someone has a sizeable magazine collection and wishes to comply with the law, it would be cheaper to rent storage out of state, then store your stuff there.

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 04:17 AM

Average cost of 3x5x24 inch safety deposit box is $60 annual.

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 04:45 AM

Another example of turning non-violent, otherwise law abiding gun owners into criminals, all while Camden's homicide rate is on track to more than double

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 05:37 AM

Another example of turning non-violent, otherwise law abiding gun owners into criminals, all while Camden's homicide rate is on track to more than double

Agreed. "Let's take the most statistically law abiding demographic in America, and turn them into felons because they won't voluntarily surrender Constitutionally protected items of personal property, even without due process or just compensation."
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Posted 20 October 2019 - 05:29 AM

Please stop calling them "large capacity" magazines.  That article used that incorrect term nine times.

They are Standard Capacity magazines.

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 08:10 AM

Average cost of 3x5x24 inch safety deposit box is $60 annual.

Storage of anything illegal is universally prohibited by banks, and backed by law in many states. It is also illegal in many states to store legal prescription drugs in a box.

Some banks even prohibit the storage of cash, go figure!

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