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(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Charles Mainor creating uniform reporting requirements to log and track abandoned, discarded or seized firearms was approved 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.
"The systems and technology to report and track abandoned or seized weapons are out there, but what's really needed are standard procedures to help make sure this gets done," said Mainor (D-Hudson), who is also a detective with the Jersey City Police Department. "These procedures are critical to solving gun-related crimes, getting criminals off the street and preventing future crimes."
Under the provisions of the bill (A-3797), all New Jersey law enforcement agencies would be required to report information relating to abandoned or discarded firearms they have recovered, or to firearms they have seized or recovered because those firearms were unlawfully possessed, used for an unlawful purpose, recovered from the scene of a crime, or are reasonably believed to have been used or associated with the commission of a crime.
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