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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.



    NJ Battle Over Gun Laws Begins

    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 NumberSponsorsSynopsis
    A-588Spencer/Coutinho/Diegnan, Jr./Quijano Prohibits possession of ammunition capable of penetrating body armor.



    Establishes 180 day prohibition on purchase of handgun for certain individuals who fail to report loss or theft of firearm.
    Reduces maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.
    A-1387Wilson/JohnsonPermits municipalities to establish weapons free zones around schools and public facilities.
    A-1613Bramnick/Johnson(pending referral)Establishes Educational Security Task Force.
    A-3510Johnson/Vainieri HuttleRequires proof of firearms safety training as a condition for issuance of firearms purchaser ID cards and permits to purchase handguns.
    A-3583Wilson (pending intro and referral)Create taskforce to explore areas to improve school safety.
     Requires ammunition sales and transfers be conducted as face-to-face transactions.
    A-3646GreenwaldEstablishes 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/   
     Prohibits mail order, Internet, telephone, and any other anonymous method of ammunition sale or transfer in New Jersey.
    (pending referral)
     Prohibits investment by State of pension and annuity funds in companies manufacturing, importing, and selling assault firearms for civilian use.


    (pending referral)
     Disqualifies person named on federal Terrorist Watchlist from obtaining firearms identification card or permit to purchase handgun.


     Requires submission of certain mental health records to National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
     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-3754Cryan/O'Donnell/Quijano/Mainor/McKeon    Requires firearms seizure when mental health professional determines patient poses threat of harm to self or others.
     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.

    (pending intro and referral)   

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


    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.