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(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson and Valerie Vainieri Huttle (both D-Bergen) to boost firearm safety by requiring gun owners to complete a safety training class before purchasing a firearm was approved by an Assembly panel on Wednesday.
The legislation is part of the Assembly Democrats' comprehensive anti-gun violence initiative, which is comprised of more than two dozen bills.
"This bill will help promote competency and safety in gun ownership," said Johnson. "Learning how to properly handle and store weapons can go a long way in helping to avoid unnecessary tragedies."
The bill (A-3510) would require the successful completion of a firearms safety class or course for all applicants for firearms purchaser identification cards and permits to purchase a handgun. Although introduced just prior to the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, the sponsors noted that the tragedy further underscores the need for training in the safe and proper handling and storage of guns.
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