PolitickerNJ Wire Feed

By Gina Wilder | February 21st, 2013 - 6:08pm
| More

Assembly Democrats News Release

Mainor, McKeon Bill to Reinforce Requirements of Private Gun Sales, Transfers in NJ Passes Assembly


All Private Sales, Transfers of Handguns, Shotguns and Rifles Must Be Completed Through Licensed Retail Dealer or Federal Firearms Licensee

(Trenton) - The Assembly advanced today bipartisan legislation that would require all private sales of handguns, rifles, and shotguns to be conducted with a licensed retail dealer under state law after completing a National Instant Criminal Background Check on the recipient of the firearm. The bill is sponsored in part by Assembly Democrats Charles Mainor and John F. McKeon. It is also one of numerous bills in a sweeping Assembly Democratic gun violence prevention bill package.

The sponsors note that currently, for a private sale, an individual must obtain a permit to purchase a handgun or possess a valid firearms purchaser identification card before they can purchase the firearm. This legislation is intended to provide an extra condition for a private or out-of-state sale by requiring it to be conducted through a retail dealer.

"This legislation would provide another layer of protection ensuring that before any person receives a gun from a private dealer their information and identification is triple-checked prior to sale," said Mainor (D-Hudson). "Gun ownership is a constitutional right for any American. Yet, that should not deter us from taking greater measures to protect citizens in the interest of public health, safety and welfare."

The bill (A-3748) would require licensees who conduct the NICS check to submit to the Superintendent of State Police information identifying and confirming the background check. In addition, the licensee must maintain records of the transactions at the address listed on the retail license and made available for inspection by law enforcement officers when required.

"America has seen some of the most inexplicable acts of violence in recent years which strongly warrants a hard look at how we license and check individuals seeking firearm permits," said McKeon (D-Essex, Morris). "Legal gun ownership should be attainable. However, due to the rise in gun violence, we must now take legislative action to toughen the requirements and further ensure that those who are issued licenses are fit to have them."

A person who violates the provisions of the bill is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree. A fourth degree crime is punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 18 months, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.

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 measure was approved 45-28-0. It will now go to the Senate for further consideration.

To read more, please visit the New Jersey General Assembly Democratic Office Web site.

On the Net:
The Assembly Democratic Office Web site
NJ Assembly Dems on YouTube
NJ Assembly Dems on Vimeo
NJ Assembly Dems on Facebook
NJ Assembly Dems on Twitter
NJ Assembly Dems e-mail alerts

Contact Info: 

Majority Press Office 609-847-3500

The Back Room

Christie defends himself in NH

Zapped by the DNC on his way into New Hampshire this afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie defended his economic record while wooing NH voters for the second time in little more than a month, according to the Associated Press.

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 31st

  Christie to Newark hecklers: 'I've spent as much time in Newark as anyone else' BELMAR - Gov. Chris Christie's got nothing but love for The Brick City, or so he says. In response to a Newark school student here today -- a 17-year-old president of the Newark Student Union...

Op-Ed

The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

Contributors

(7-30-14) Who Is Best Equipped to Decide the Fate of the Common Core? - The latest Christie controversy surrounds his Executive Order to revamp the state’s academic... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Go to Mayor [Cory] Booker and ask him if he thinks in the years that he was mayor if I ignored Newark. The fact is I've spent as much time in Newark as anyone else." - Gov. Chris Christie

- PolitickerNJ

Poll

Who's right on the bail reform special session?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources