To the Editor:

As a concerned citizen, I cannot stay silent, when basic constitutional freedoms and my family’s safety are at stake.

As you are aware, New Jersey already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, including a semi-automatic firearms ban and ammunition magazine capacity limits.  The legislature’s latest attempt to further restrict magazine capacity from 15 to 5 rounds (A3664) will do nothing to prevent another tragedy and everything to interfere with self-defense as it would effectively ban most self-defense guns.

If this bill becomes law, hundreds of thousands law-abiding citizens would be treated as criminals for simply keeping a common weapon for self-defense.

If my family faces a home invasion by multiple armed attackers in the middle of the night, the state should not force me to fumble around in the dark to change magazines – I should be able to have as much ammunition as necessary to defend myself and my family. A3664 interferes with self-defense and will cost lives.

Sincerely,

Konstantin Tadenev
Pompton Lakes, NJ