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1-gun-per-month bill revised by N.J. Assembly

gun010410_optCommittee votes 6-0 to make changes in law that Gov. Corzine signed on Saturday

Additional legislation to revise New Jersey's one-gun-per-month law while continuing to protect law-abiding residents and businesses was approved Monday by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

The legislation stems from recommendations by a special task force that reviewed the law. The law took effect Saturday and is designed to restrict straw purchases and illegal handgun trafficking, but Assemblymen John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) and Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen), both members of the Firearms Task Force and cosponsors of the legislation, maintain the law would also penalizes many law-abiding gun owners unless changed.

The bill (A-4361) provides limited exemptions for certain persons to lawfully purchase more than one handgun within a 30-day period, specifically persons who wish to purchase multiple handguns from an estate or inheritance, collectors of firearms, and persons who use firearms for competitive and recreational purposes.

The committee also released legislation, AJR-133, to create a task force is to review, evaluate and make recommendations regarding New Jersey's statutory and regulatory schemes and programmatic initiatives to curb the illegal possession, use and trafficking of firearms, the criminal penalties for illegal transfer of firearms and the firearm permitting and regulatory processes.

Under the bill, a person who seeks an exemption would apply to the State Police superintendent. The superintendent would be authorized to approve the purchase of more than one handgun within a 30-day period if the applicant demonstrates to the superintendent's satisfaction that the request meets the requirements of one of the bill's specified exemptions.

The superintendent may grant an exemption to an applicant who: Wishes to purchase multiple handguns from a person who obtain ed the handguns through inheritance or intestacy; Is a collector of handguns and has a need to purchase or otherwise receive multiple handguns in the same transaction or within a 30-day period in furtherance of the applicant's collecting activities; or participates in sanctioned handgun shooting competitions and needs to purchase or otherwise receive multiple handguns in a single transaction or within a 30-day period, and the need is related to the applicant's competitive shooting activities, including use in or training for sanctioned competitions.

Another Burzichelli-Johnson bill, A-4304, which clarified that transfers of handguns between licensed retail dealers, registered wholesale dealers and registered manufacturers are exempted from the monthly limit was signed into law Saturday by Gov. Jon Corzine.

The Monday bills were released 6-0 by the committee. The package was approved by the Senate in December and now moves to the full Assembly for a possible floor vote.

"This is a common sense compromise that does nothing to impair the goal of protecting public safety by keeping criminals from obtaining multiple weapons at once," Burzichelli said. "These changes would correct some unintended consequences while also protecting law-abiding citizens and legitimate businesses."

Johnson said, "These changes would allow us to continue targeting straw purchases and other illegal handgun trafficking, but would provide reasonable exemptions that make sense. In the end, these changes are simply clarifications that don't interfere with protecting public safety and combating handgun trafficking."

— TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

 
Comments (8)
8 Saturday, 09 January 2010 09:53
Larry Irons
Conceal and Carry is the only answer to defeat gun and other violence. In every state that has adopted 'shall issue conceal and carry', the crime rates have gone down significantly. Perhaps New Jersey should force its good citizens to buy one firearm per month as a minimum. ;)

The real purpose of gun control is to disarm law-abiding citizens and to make a police state controlled by corrupt politicians.

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of the free State, the right of the People to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." - Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
7 Wednesday, 06 January 2010 13:26
Stu Strickler
Will the legislators ever realize that the number of firearms someone owns has nothing to do with crime?
If they keep passing ignorant laws, crime will continue to go up.
Criminals love the legislators that pass these laws. It makes a criminal much safer!
6 Wednesday, 06 January 2010 13:03
Inspector-Callahan
...that NJ voters voluntarily allow their rights to be continually eroded such that criminals have a larger advantage than they did previously and law abiding residents have yet another hurdle to traverse in order to purchase firearms in an already over burdensome process. Anyone who hasn't gone through this process should not comment here since the process is tiring and inconvenient at best to acquire a handgun in this state while holding a 9-5 job. (Yes, the applicant is at the mercy of the local hours of their municipal building to perform interviews, submit forms and grant permits for each and every one they purchase, etc)

I have since moved from this leftist state and only hope the voters in NJ can someday see the light and vote their legislators out of office for wasting their time with more feel-good laws that only restrict the law abiding under the guise that straw purchases are rampant in this state fueling a criminal epidemic. More scare tactics that further reduce residents to sheep at the mercy of gangsters that freely carry firearms on the streets and have no respect for more restrictive laws or human life. Just watch the news.....

IC
5 Wednesday, 06 January 2010 04:06
Exnewjersian
One of several reasons I left NJ is the state governments lack of intelligence resulting in stupid feel good, one size fits all legislation. The only people affected by this are the law abiding. Does anyone in their right mind think it will deter a criminal or the non law abiding denizens of NJ? Since when has any piece of crap legislation stopped a criminals bullet, knife or club?
4 Tuesday, 05 January 2010 22:40
DAHL
Can anyone explain how illegal gun trafficing can occur in New Jersey when you have to apply to the local police department for a pistol permit for each handgun that you purchase? Also most gun owners already own more than one handgun so if they are already law abiding with one, what harm with 3 or 4 more do?
This is just another law meant to discourage the lawful ownership of handguns and if you've got your hopes up, Concealed carry in NJ will never happen. Too many leftists in government here.
3 Tuesday, 05 January 2010 12:42
Tom H
Just another "Feel Good Law" so the Leftists of this state can sleep at night. It has been proven over and over again that gun control makes citizens unarmed victims. Remove the judge involvement from the carry permit, make lawful self defense a compelling need and pass shall issue once and for all. While your at it, pass NRA backed "Castle Doctrine" legislation and put the criminals on notice. It's time to wake up sheep, there can be more to life in NJ other than high taxes and serfdom. It's our state, vote these jokers out and put Conservatives in place once and for all. It's funny how we can get non resident permits and carry in all the non crime-ridden, non corrupt states. Thats something this firearms task force should look into.
Looks like criminals are exempt as well....another useless "smoke and mirror" bill turned into Law from NJ.

I hope that our legislative body can inform the criminals that they can only steal 1 gun every 30 days.

NJ doesn't understand that guns are tools...band them and criminals will use something else. We need Criminal Control..not gun control.
1 Tuesday, 05 January 2010 09:56
Stu Strickler
There should be no law limiting any law abiding person to one handgun per month. New Jersey has a high crime rate because they limit law abiding citizens right to buy firearms. The criminals love these laws. It makes a safe working environment for them.
New Jersey needs a good *shall issue* concealed carry law. If lowering crime is the object. Gun control has never worked anywhere it has been tried. It gun control was so fantastic, cities like Chicago, NYC, Washington, DC and Baltimore would be safe, they are not!

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