NJ Battle Over Gun Laws Begins

If put into law, many of these bills will change how and where people buy guns and ammunition in New Jersey.

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    A battle over gun laws is playing out this week in New Jersey. A total of 20 bills will be voted on this Thursday. The bills deal with everything from buying ammunition on-line to buying guns while you're on the federal terrorist watch list.

    "Even in New Jersey alone, in 2011, there were 269 murders," said Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman. "So that will suggest to you that people are getting guns who shouldn't get guns."

    If put into law, many of these bills will change how and where people buy guns and ammunition in New Jersey.

    "All of these bills are of the same nature," said Reverend Bob Moore of Cease Fire New Jersey. "They are sensible, gun violence prevention, common sense measures."

    Some people in the gun rights community say New Jersey already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. They also claim the new proposals are just an assault on the second amendment.

    "The gun laws that we currently have, the criminals don't follow them as it is," said Rob Eichmann. "I don't think there is anything common sense wise when you go after the bill of rights."

    List of Bills Released by Committee:

    Note: A1613 and A3583 were merged due to their similar nature.

    Note: A3645, 3646, 3666 and 3750 were also merged due to their similar nature.

    Thus, in all 20 bills were released.

     

     

    Bill Number Sponsors Synopsis
    A-588 Spencer/Coutinho/Diegnan, Jr./Quijano  Prohibits possession of ammunition capable of penetrating body armor.
    A-1116

    Fuentes/Spencer

     

    Establishes 180 day prohibition on purchase of handgun for certain individuals who fail to report loss or theft of firearm.
    A-1329 Greenwald/Quijano/
    Coutinho/Eustace/Johnson/Jasey
    Reduces maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.
    A-1387 Wilson/Johnson Permits municipalities to establish weapons free zones around schools and public facilities.
    A-1613 Bramnick/Johnson(pending referral) Establishes Educational Security Task Force.
    A-3510 Johnson/Vainieri Huttle Requires proof of firearms safety training as a condition for issuance of firearms purchaser ID cards and permits to purchase handguns.
    A-3583 Wilson (pending intro and referral) Create taskforce to explore areas to improve school safety.
     A-3645  
    Greenwald/Eustace/
    Mosquera
     
     Requires ammunition sales and transfers be conducted as face-to-face transactions.
    A-3646 Greenwald Establishes a regulatory system to govern the sale and transfer of ammunition.   
     A-3659  Barnes/Johnson  Revises definition of destructive device to include certain weapons of 50 caliber or greater.
     A-3666  Cryan/O'Donnell/Jasey/   
    Quijano   
     Prohibits mail order, Internet, telephone, and any other anonymous method of ammunition sale or transfer in New Jersey.
     A-3668     
    Jasey/McKeon/Cryan/
    Johnson/Quijano
    (pending referral)
     Prohibits investment by State of pension and annuity funds in companies manufacturing, importing, and selling assault firearms for civilian use.
            

    A-3687

     Stender/Fuentes
    (pending referral)
     Disqualifies person named on federal Terrorist Watchlist from obtaining firearms identification card or permit to purchase handgun.
     A-3717         

    Lampitt/Singleton

     Requires submission of certain mental health records to National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
     A-3748 O'Donnell/Mainor/
    McKeon   
     Requires background check for private gun sales.
     A-3750    Cryan/O'Donnell/Quijano/Mainor/McKeon  Establishes regulatory and reporting program for all ammunition sales.   
     A-3754 Cryan/O'Donnell/Quijano/Mainor/McKeon     Requires firearms seizure when mental health professional determines patient poses threat of harm to self or others.
     A-3772 Eustace/Wagner/
    Vainieri/Huttle
     Requires that firearms purchaser identification cards display picture; mandates that firearms purchaser identification cards be renewed every five years.   
     A-3788  Rible/Dancer  Codifies regulation exempting firearms records from State's open public records law; abolishes common law right of access to these records.
     A-3796     Mainor     Provides 90-day window for persons to dispose of certain unlawfully possessed firearms.
     A-3797     Mainor  Requires law enforcement to report certain firearms information to interjurisdictional electronic databases including the National Integrated Ballistics Identification Network.
    ACR-180   

    Greenwald
    (pending intro and referral)   

    Urges President and Congress of United States to enact legislation enforcing stricter firearms control measures.
    AR-143

    Quijano/Cryan/O'Donnell/Mainor/McKeon

    Expresses support for Attorney General's gun buyback program.
    AR-144    Oliver
    (pending referral)   
    Urges Governor Christie's Administration not to apply for annual exemption from requirements of federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.