New Jersey - Two more bills added to an already busy docket

There are currently 2,787 pieces of legislation in LEAP Forward’s database - bills in every legislature in all fifty states that contain some variation on the word “firearm.” No state has more of these bills filed than New Jersey, which today reached 331.

Not all of these bills are being graded, but two pieces of New Jersey legislation were introduced recently that have been added to the state’s scorecard - A 5212, which criminalizes possession of a firearm for the purpose of causing civil disorder; and A 5229, which prohibits giving firearms as prizes.

A 5212, by Democrat John McKeon (100% vote grade, +17 score) a person can be found guilty of a third degree crime if they - permitted or not - possesses a firearm during a gathering of people in a public place with the intent of causing an act of violence. This crime is punishable by three to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $15,000. The bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, and no hearing date has been set.

A 5229 is sponsored by Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle (100%, +21) and Nancy Pinkin (100%, +17), and has also been assigned to Judiciary. It prohibits a firearm or firearm paraphernalia from being used as a prize in a raffle.

LEAP Forward is scoring support for both pieces of legislation.