New Jersey S 2545 - Suicide Prevention


This bill requires the Attorney General, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health, to establish a suicide prevention course curriculum and suicide prevention informational materials for firearm retail dealers who sell firearms or operate a firing range in this State. Under the bill, the Attorney General is required to notify firearm retail dealers of the course curriculum and encourage their participation in a training course. The training course would be made available by the Department of Law and Public Safety in a classroom setting or on an Internet website. The course would include information on methods to recognize signs of suicidal tendencies or characteristics in firearm purchasers or renters, suicide intervention strategies to reduce the incidence of attempted and completed suicides among customers, and information regarding available community services and counseling programs developed to prevent suicide.

In addition, the bill requires the Attorney General to distribute the suicide prevention materials to each firearm retail dealer who sells firearms or operates a firing range. The informational materials would advise customers on methods to prevent firearms from being accessible to a friend or family member in crisis. A firearm retail dealer who sells firearms or operates a firing range would be required to make the informational materials available at each retail purchase counter.

12/6/18 - Committee Vote

Passed 9-0