Tucker Carlson warned that prior to Venezuela's economic collapse and descent into public clashes with the government, the Maduro administration banned private ownership of firearms.

This week, New Jersey Gov. Philip Murphy (D) signed into law several restrictions on firearms -- some of which extend to off-duty police officers, Tucker Carlson reported.

He said that in Venezuela, the point was not to make people safer, but to "disarm the public." Now, it is a felony in New Jersey for ordinary citizens to "defend themselves," Carlson added.

Bernard Kerik, who was Mayor Rudy Giuliani's NYPD police commissioner, said on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that the law is a "cunning way to attack the legal gun owners."

Focusing on one part of the law, which bans magazines in excess of a 10-round capacity, Kerik said gun owners will have to either destroy the mags or "alter" them -- a process that is rarely possible, he said.

He said that it was "completely bizarre" that an initial variation of the law extended to cops who are off-duty: "God forbid, that off-duty cop gets involved in a shooting."

Earlier this month, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Third Circuit found the law to be constitutional.

Judge Patty Shwartz, an Obama nominee, wrote that the law "reasonably fits the state's interest in public safety and does not unconstitutionally burden the Second Amendment’s right to self-defense in the home."


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But, Trump appointee Stephanos Bibas dissented in the 2-1 opinion, saying that Second Amendment rights are not to be "watered down."

Kerik appeared to agree with Bibas' dissent, calling the law "another assault on the Second Amendment."

"That's about taking the guns," he said. "These are legal, law-abiding citizens, that have been... background-checked."

New Jersey's already strict gun laws have been a focus for years, as former Gov. Chris Christie (R) gained praise from advocates after pardoning a Philadelphia-area woman who was found to have a gun in her car that was legal in Pennsylvania but illegal in the Garden State.

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