New Jersey Legislature Passes Gun Violence Prevention Bills

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Governor Murphy has signed seven gun safety bills that just passed in the NJ legislature! Read more here!

The seven gun safety reform bills include:

  1. A1765/S1893 (McKeon, Atkins, Jasey/Ruiz, Pou) – Allows Attorney General to bring cause of action for certain public nuisance violations arising from sale or marketing of firearms.
  2. A1179/S1204 (Jasey, Swain, Jaffer/Cryan, Zwicker) – Requires firearm owners who become New Jersey residents to obtain firearm purchaser identification card and register handguns acquired out-of-State.
  3. A4367/S2846 (McKeon, Greenwald/Scutari, Cryan) – Upgrades certain crimes related to manufacturing firearms from third degree to second degree.
  4. A4366/S2905 (Atkins, Quijano/Scutari) – Revises definition of destructive device to include certain .50 caliber rifles.
  5. A1302/S2903 (Greenwald, Reynolds-Jackson, Atkins/Cryan) – Regulates sale of handgun ammunition and develops system of electronic reporting of handgun ammunition sales.
  6. A4370/S2906 (Reynolds-Jackson, Greenwald/Codey) – Requires training for issuance of firearms purchaser identification card and permit to purchase handgun under certain circumstances; provides that firearms purchaser identification card include photograph and thumb print and remain valid for ten years.
  7. A4368/S2907 (Greenwald, McKeon/Codey) – Requires firearm retailers to sell microstamping-enabled firearms upon determination of availability by AG.

The NJ Safe Storage of Firearms Act, S.2937, introduced by Senator Cryan, has not yet been passed. We encourage you to write to your legislators. We recommend that you know who your legislators are and whether they are already co-sponsors of the bill. Thank them if they are. If not, ask them to co-sponsor. It’s also good to give some brief explanation why gun safety matters to you (the writer of the letter). You can find your legislators here. If you don’t know your district, scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will find it.

Here’s an example of what you could write.

Dear Senator _______,

“I am writing to ask you to co-sponsor the New Jersey Safe Storage of Firearms Act. Safe storage of firearms has been shown to prevent suicides and unintentional shootings (Univ. of Washington, 1997; Harvard, 2019). Since suicides account for two thirds of firearm deaths and unintentional shootings of and by children, shootings can be significantly reduced with safe storage. Therefore, passage of the safe storage act is certain to save lives in NJ.”

Signed,

[representing self only – not FaithAction]