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(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Tim Eustace, Connie Wagner and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to institute standardized photo identification card requirements for firearms purchases similar to drivers' licenses was advanced by an Assembly panel on Wednesday.
The legislation was approved by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee during a special hearing as part of the comprehensive Assembly Democratic anti-gun violence initiative, which is comprised of more than two dozen bills. The measure now heads for a vote before the full Assembly on Feb. 21.
"This is really a common sense measure," said Eustace (D-Bergen/Passaic). "Cars were not designed with the intention to be deadly, but yet we have similar requirements for them to make sure they are being registered and used legally. To require the same thing of deadly weapons is a smart approach to making sure those who purchase firearms are doing so legally."
Under current law, in order to purchase a rifle or shotgun, a person must have a valid firearm purchaser identification card (FPIC). However, a firearm purchaser identification card has no expiration date and does not display a picture of the card holder. Furthermore, handgun purchasers are not required to have an FPIC.
The bill (A-3772) approved today would require that firearms purchaser identification cards display a digitalized color picture of the card holder and that the card be renewed every five years.
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