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(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Angel Fuentes and L. Grace Spencer prohibiting individuals convicted of failing to report a loss or stolen firearm from purchasing a handgun for a certain period of time was approved Wednesday by an Assembly committee.
The bill (A-1116) prohibits any person convicted for failing to report the loss or theft of a firearm from purchasing a handgun for a period of 180 days from the date of conviction.
"Requiring gun owners to report loss or stolen guns helps prevent straw buyers from buying guns for individuals who would otherwise not be eligible," said Fuentes (D-Camden/Gloucester). "This bill adds another layer of accountability and further helps deter straw purchases by imposing a time restriction for owners who have failed to report a missing gun - before they can buy another weapon."
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"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile- The Bergen Record
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