By Dean Weingarten
Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- The gun ban that has gone to Governor Christie for signature has been described as a “gun magazine restriction”, but it bans numerous common sport and hunting rifles. The ban has no exemption for rifles with fixed magazines, including most common .22 rimfire rifles that are used for sport and small game hunting, and almost never used in crime.
Assembly Bill 2006 bans rifles that meet this definition:
(4) A semi-automatic rifle with a fixed magazine capacity exceeding  10 rounds.
The bracket and underline show the existing and proposed law. There are no exemptions for grandfathering. Anyone who possesses such rifles after the ban is put into effect will be immediately guilty of a felony. This has already happened at least once, when an owner of a .22 Marlin that he won at a police raffle was convicted for owning the firearm.
The model owned was either the one pictured below or a very similar Marlin. It is an “Assault Weapon” under current New Jersey law, as it has a magazine capacity of 17:
Marlin Model 60 with 17 shot magazine:
After the ban, Marlin modified the design to reduce the Magazine capacity to 15, so that the rifles could be sold throughout the nation, without having to cater to specific state laws. Now New Jersey is pushing to tighten the restrictions even further, outlawing the current Marlin model 60, which has a 15 round capacity and is arguably the most popular .22 rifle in the world.
Marlin Model 60 with 15 shot magazine:
Nearly all .22 rifles that have fixed tubular magazines have a capacity of more than 10 rounds. The Remington 552 has a capacity of 15-22 rounds.
Remington 552, 15-22 shot magazine:
Currently produced Browning Semi-Auto .22 rifles may slip under the ban that is on Governor Christie’s desk. Browning says that the magazine capacity is exactly 10. Because of the variation of .22 ammunition, it is likely that the rile would hold 11 rounds of some .22 ammunition. Older versions of the rifle advertised a magazine capacity of 11 in .22 Long Rifle, and 16 in .22 Short.
.22 rimfire semi-auto rifles with tubular magazines are some of the most popular sporting firearms of all time. Changing magazine capacity of one of these rifles is not simple, because the magazine is fixed, not easily removable.
The New Jersey ban would make all of them in the state instant contraband.
Here is a list of common sporting rifles banned by the law:
- Browning Semi-Auto .22
- Colt Colteer and variants
- Franchi Centennial .22
- Marlin model 60 and variants
- Norinco ATD .22 (Browning Clone)
- Remington 6A and variants
- Remington Nylon 66, clones, and variants
- Remington 552
- Remington 550
- Remington 241
- Savage model 87A and variants
- Winchester model 74
- Winchester 190, 290 and variants
This is not an exhaustive list. .22 semi-auto rifles with tubular magazines are one of the most common configurations of sporting rifles ever made. Tens of millions of them have been made, most specifically for hunting, pest control, target shooting and practice. Over 11 million have been manufactured of the Marlin Model 60 and variants alone. It is hard to think of a rifle that is more completely designed for “sporting purposes”. To my knowledge, they are one of the few firearms designs that was not intended as a potential military design.
It seems that New Jersey legislators have not heard that “No one wants to ban your hunting rifle.”
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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.
Update: An amendment was added to AB 2006 before the law went to Governor Cristie. The ban on .22 semi-autos with tubular magazines was removed from the bill. Here is the amendment:
(4) A semi-automatic rifle with a fixed magazine capacity exceeding  10 rounds. 1“Assault firearm” shall not include a semi-automatic rifle 2[with] which has an attached tubular device 2[designed to accept 15 rounds,] and which is capable of operating only with .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.1
y. “Large capacity ammunition magazine” means a box, drum, tube or other container which is capable of holding more than  10 rounds of ammunition to be fed continuously and directly therefrom into a semi-automatic firearm. 1The term shall not include an attached tubular device 2[designed to accept 15 rounds, and] which is2 capable of 2[operating only with] holding only2 .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.1
There are still potential problems with this amendment; however it is not as clear as the previous version in banning .22 sporting arms.