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By Gina Wilder | February 13th, 2013 - 7:33pm
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Assembly Democrats News Release

Assembly Panel Passes Mainor Legislation to Establish 90-Day Penalty-Free Period for Turning in Firearms


Bill Would Allow Residents to Voluntarily Surrender Unlicensed or Unregistered Firearms Including Assault Firearms

T(Trenton) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Charles Mainor to establish a 90-day period for a person who unlawfully possesses an unlicensed and unregistered firearm to dispose of it by transferring it, turning it over to the police or rendering it inoperable cleared an Assembly panel today. This measure is one of numerous bills in a sweeping Assembly Democratic gun violence prevention bill package.

Current law prohibits the manufacture, sale, or possession of assault firearms and large capacity ammunition magazines except under certain circumstances. Any persons who possessed an assault firearm on the law's effective date were given one year to obtain a license for the firearm, render it permanently inoperable, sell it, turn it over to the police or dispose of it in some other legal manner.

The sponsor notes that the intent of his legislation is to once again allow people who possess illegal firearms and/or ammunition to get rid of it without penalty.

"New Jersey once provided an opportunity for residents to do the right thing and turn over assault weapons," said Mainor (D-Hudson). "We can provide that same encouragement again free of judgment, punishment, and penalty.

"We reopen that window of opportunity and get as many firearms as we can out of the hands of the public for the safety of our communities."

Under the bill's (A-3796) provisions, a person who unlawfully possesses a handgun, rifle, or shotgun would be required either transfer that firearm to a person who may lawfully possess it or voluntarily surrender that firearm to the appropriate law enforcement agency or officer.

In the case of an assault firearm, any person who has in his possession an unlicensed or unregistered assault firearm would be required, within 90 days of the bill's effective date, to: (1) transfer the assault firearm to any person or firm lawfully entitled to own or possess the firearm; (2) render the assault firearm inoperable; or (3) voluntarily surrender the assault firearm. If the person elects to render the firearm inoperable, he or she is required to file a certification on a form prescribed by the Superintendent of the State Police indicating the date on which the firearm was rendered inoperable.

This legislation would be effective on the 90th day after enactment and shall expire on the 180th day after enactment, but the Superintendent of State Police may take such anticipatory administrative action in advance of the effective date as shall be necessary for the implementation of the act.

The Assembly Democratic gun violence prevention package was proposed in response to the national call for effective legislative action that will help curb the long-standing issue of gun violence occurring in New Jersey's communities. The approved measures will now go to the Assembly Speaker to be considered for a floor vote.

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