New Jersey is one step closer to enacting even tougher gun control reforms.
(TRENTON) – Building upon the momentum set by the Legislature with the passage of several bills aimed at stemming gun violence in New Jersey communities, a legislative package, sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, Assembly Democrats Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Yvonne Lopez and Gordon Johnson, to address the sale and transfer of firearms, straw purchasing, and gun trafficking in the state cleared committee Thursday.
New Jersey could require all handgun ammunition sales to be recorded and compel many people with firearms in the state to undergo regular safety training.
(TRENTON) – Building upon the momentum set by the Legislature with the passage of several bills aimed at stemming gun violence in New Jersey communities, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, Assembly Democrats Verlina Reynolds-Jackson, Yvonne Lopez and Gordon Johnson recently introduced a four-bill package to address the sale and transfer of firearms, straw purchasing, and gun trafficking in the state.
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This bill regulates the sale of handgun ammunition. Under current law, handgun ammunition is regulated to the extent that a purchaser is to establish his or her eligibility by exhibiting a firearms purchaser identification card, a permit to purchase a handgun, or a permit to carry a handgun, and that he or she is 21 years of age or older. This bill requires an ammunition purchaser to also exhibit a driver's license, nondriver identification card, or other government-issued form of photo identification at the time of purchase. The bill requires a manufacturer or dealer of handgun ammunition to keep a detailed, electronic record of handgun ammunition sales. The electronic record maintained by the manufacturer or wholesale dealer is required to contain the date of the transaction; the type, caliber, or gauge of the ammunition; the quantity of ammunition sold; the name and address of the purchaser; and any other information deemed necessary by the Superintendent of State Police.
Current law provides that it is a crime of the fourth degree for a person to purchase, own, possess, or control a weapon if the person has ever been committed for a mental disorder to any hospital, mental institution or sanitarium, except under certain circumstances, or has been previously convicted of any of the following crimes: aggravated assault, arson, burglary, escape, extortion, homicide, kidnapping, robbery, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, bias intimidation, endangering the welfare of a child, certain crimes related to the unlawful possession of weapons, or certain crimes related to controlled dangerous substances. The bill adds to that list of crimes carjacking; gang criminality; racketeering; terroristic threats; and unlawful possession of a machine gun, handgun, or an assault firearm. The bill provides that a person convicted of attempt or conspiracy to commit any of these crimes is prohibited from possessing a weapon or ammunition.
This bill establishes certain criminal penalties for firearm trafficking, which is the diversion of firearms from lawful commerce into the illegal market. Specifically, the bill penalizes purchasing or possessing a firearm for the purpose of transferring it another person who is disqualified under State of federal law from receiving of possessing that firearm. In addition, the bill establishes criminal penalties for selling a firearm to another person who has been previously convicted of a crime of confined for a mental disorder. The bill also establishes a mandatory term of incarceration for persons convicted of operating as a leader of a firearms trafficking network.
This bill imposes additional safeguards on the issuance of firearms purchaser identification cards, imposes training requirements, and revises the procedures for an heir or legatee to inherit or receive possession of a firearm. The bill provides that a firearms purchaser identification card issued after the bill's effective date would be valid for a period of four years from the date of issuance. Under current law, a firearms purchaser identification card is valid indefinitely, unless the holder becomes subject to any of the disabilities that disqualify a person for firearms ownership. The bill further provides that a firearms purchaser identification card may be renewed if the holder is not subject to any of the statutory disabilities and after filing of a renewal application and payment of the required fee. The holder of a firearms purchaser identification card issued prior to the bill's effective date would be required to renew the card within four years of the bill's enactment.
This bill requires notification to be provided to victims when seized or surrendered weapons are returned to a person charged with domestic violence. The bill also requires notification to be provided to family or household members who petitioned for an extreme risk protection order when a seized firearm is returned to the person after the order is terminated. Under the "Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991", P.L.1991, c.261 (C.2C:25-17 et seq.), a law enforcement officer may take possession of any weapons owned by a person charged with domestic violence. The weapons are transferred to the county prosecutor's office, which is required to determine within 45 days whether to file for forfeiture of the weapons. The weapons are returned if the forfeiture action is not filed within 45 days. A court hearing a domestic violence case also is required to order the return of the weapons when: 1) the complaint has been dismissed at the request of the complainant and the prosecutor determines that there is insufficient probable cause to indict; 2) the defendant is found not guilty of the charges; or 3) the court determines that the domestic violence situation no longer exists. This bill requires the prosecutor to notify each claimant or victim that the seized or surrendered weapons are to be returned to the defendant. The "Extreme Risk Protective Order Act of 2018", P.L.2018, c.35 (C.2C:58-20 et seq.), allows a family or household member to petition the Superior Court for an extreme risk protective order (ERPO) against persons who pose a significant danger of bodily injury to themselves or others by possessing or purchasing a firearm. The ERPO prohibits the subject from possessing or purchasing a firearm or ammunition and from holding a firearms purchaser identification card, permit to purchase a handgun, and permit to carry a handgun. A person who is subject to the order is required to surrender his or her firearms or ammunition to a law enforcement agency but may petition the agency for the return of any surrendered firearms or ammunition upon termination of the order. This bill requires the law enforcement agency to notify the family or household members who petitioned for the ERPO that the firearms or ammunition are to be returned. The bill requires the notification to be provided at least 10 days prior to returning the weapons or ammunition to persons who were charged with domestic violence or subject to an ERPO.
This bill requires a school district that includes grades kindergarten through six to implement the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program. The purpose of the educational program is to promote the safety and protection of children and to emphasize how students should respond if they encounter a firearm. A school district may not use or include a firearm or demonstrate the use of a firearm when teaching the program. The National Rifle Association created the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program in 1988 to promote the protection and safety of children. The program does not make value judgements as to whether guns are good or bad, but rather promotes the safety of children by teaching elementary school students how to respond if they encounter a firearm. Under the program, students are taught that, if they encounter a fiream, they should follow four simple rules: (1) Stop; (2) Don't Touch; (3) Leave the Area; and (4) Tell an Adult.
Establishes New Jersey Violence Intervention Program to fund violence reduction initiatives.