Gun Safety Bills Pass in #NJAssembly

Today, the New Jersey General Assembly approved 22 bills to reduce gun violence and promote safety. Some of the bills, like a 5-year renewal term on firearms ID card, passed on or close to party lines. Others, like exempting firearms registration data from the Open Public Records Act, were passed unanimously.

So now these bills go to the Senate where they face an uncertain future. The Senate Democrats are not as unanimously supportive of some of these bills, and the Democratic majority is less than that in the Assembly. According to Senate Majority Leader Weinberg, these bills will be heard in the upper house in April, during the budget break.

So far, Governor Christie has maintained his long-term position of refusing to indicate where he stands on these gun safety bills and other related issues. This is a political issue, and the fate of some of these measures will depend on how he directs his Republican colleagues to vote.

To see how your Assembly member voted, go to this link (in a few days – the site is not yet updated).

You can find the list of bills passed today in the Assembly below the fold.

Bill No.



A-588 Aca

Spencer, L. Grace

/Coutinho, Albert

/Diegnan, Patrick J.

/Quijano, Annette

Prohibits possession of ammunition

capable of penetrating body armor.


Fuentes, Angel

/Spencer, L. Grace

Establishes 180 day prohibition on

purchase of handgun for certain

individuals who fail to report loss or

theft of firearm.

A-1329 Aca

Greenwald, Louis D.

/Quijano, Annette

/Coutinho, Albert

/Eustace, Timothy J.

/Johnson, Gordon M.

/Jasey, Mila M.

Reduces maximum capacity of

ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.

A-1387 Aca

Wilson, Gilbert L.

/Johnson, Gordon M.

Permits municipalities to establish

weapons free zones around schools and

public facilities.

A-1683 Aca

Johnson, Gordon M.

/Eustace, Timothy J.

Criminalizes purchase or possession of

firearms ammunition by persons

convicted of certain crimes.

A-2692 Aa

Cryan, Joseph

“Christopher’s Law;” provides court

with option of ordering juveniles

adjudicated delinquent to receive

interactive instruction in preventing

gang involvement and gang and youth



Johnson, Gordon M.

/Vainieri Huttle, Valerie

Requires proof of firearms safety

training as a condition for issuance of

firearms purchaser ID cards and

permits to purchase handguns.


1613 AcsAa

Wilson, Gilbert L.

Creates task force to explore areas to

improve school safety.



/3750 Acs

Greenwald, Louis D.

/Eustace, Timothy J.

/Mosquera, Gabriela M.

Requires ammunition sales and

transfers be conducted as face-to-face


A-3659 Aa

Barnes, Peter J.

/Johnson, Gordon M.

/Gusciora, Reed

Revises definition of destructive device

to include certain weapons of 50 caliber

or greater.


Jasey, Mila M.

/McKeon, John F.

/Cryan, Joseph

/Johnson, Gordon M.

/Quijano, Annette

Prohibits investment by State of

pension and annuity funds in

companies manufacturing, importing,

and selling assault firearms for civilian



Stender, Linda

/Fuentes, Angel

Disqualifies person named on federal

Terrorist Watchlist from obtaining

firearms identification card or permit

to purchase handgun.


Lampitt, Pamela R.

/Singleton, Troy

/Eustace, Timothy J.

Requires submission of certain mental

health records to National Instant

Criminal Background Check System.

A-3748 Aa

O’Donnell, Jason

/Mainor, Charles

/McKeon, John F.

Requires background check for private

gun sales.

A-3754 Aca

Cryan, Joseph

/O’Donnell, Jason

/Quijano, Annette

/Mainor, Charles

/McKeon, John F.

Requires firearms seizure when mental

health professional determines patient

poses threat of harm to self or others.


Eustace, Timothy J.

/Wagner, Connie

/Vainieri Huttle, Valerie

Requires that firearms purchaser

identification cards display picture;

mandates that firearms purchaser

identification cards be renewed every

five years.


Rible, David P.

/Dancer, Ronald S.

Codifies regulation exempting firearms

records from State’s open public

records law; abolishes common law

right of access to these records.

A-3796 Aa

Mainor, Charles

Provides 90-day window for persons to

dispose of certain unlawfully possessed


A-3797 Aca

Mainor, Charles

Requires law enforcement to report

certain firearms information to

interjurisdictional electronic databases

including the National Integrated

Ballistics Identification Network.



Greenwald, Louis D.

/Oliver, Sheila Y.

/Gusciora, Reed

/Fuentes, Angel

/Stender, Linda

Urges President and Congress of United

States to enact legislation enforcing

stricter firearms control measures.



Quijano, Annette

/Cryan, Joseph

/O’Donnell, Jason

/Mainor, Charles

/McKeon, John F.

/Bramnick, Jon M.

Expresses support for Attorney

General’s gun buyback program.


Oliver, Sheila Y.

/Wagner, Connie

Urges Governor Christie’s

Administration not to apply for annual

exemption from requirements of

federal Mental Health Parity and

Addiction Equity Act of 2008.


Comments (3)

  1. interested observer

    depends on how Christie directs his colleagues…

  2. interested observer

    Nice job live tweeting and covering the Assembly session and debate today. Thanks

  3. deciminyan (Post author)

    Christie’s conundrum is entwined in his run for President. Gun safety bills are becoming more popular, and me may get “mavericky” and support some of the bills. Or he may pander to the right wing base and take a no-compromise hard line.


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