TRENTON – More than 20 Democrat-sponsored gun violence prevention bills highlight today’s New Jersey Assembly voting session.
Bills scheduled for voting include legislation to:
- Require submission of certain mental health records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System
- Require background checks for private gun sales
- Require proof of firearms safety training as a condition to receive firearms purchaser ID cards and permits to purchase handguns
- Reduce maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds
- Prohibit ammunition capable of penetrating body armor
- Require ammunition sales and transfers to be conducted as face-to-face transactions
- Prohibit the possession of weapons of 50 caliber or greater
- Permit municipalities to establish weapons-free zones around schools and public facilities
- Criminalizes purchase or possession of firearms ammunition by people convicted of certain crimes
- Establish a 180-day prohibition on the purchase of a handgun for people who fail to report the loss or theft of a firearm
- Prohibit state pension funds from investing in companies that manufacture, import or sell assault firearms for civilian use
- Disqualify persons named on the federal Terrorist Watchlist from obtaining firearms identification cards or permits to purchase handguns
- Require firearms seizure if a mental health professional determines that a patient presents a threat to harm themselves or others.
- Require firearms purchaser identification cards include photos and expire after five years
- Exempt firearms records from the Open Public Records Act and abolish common law right of access to those records
- Offer a 90-day window for people to dispose of certain unlawfully possessed assault weapons
- Require law enforcement to report certain firearms information to national law enforcement databases.
- Express support for stricter federal gun control laws
- Express support for the Attorney General’s gun buyback program
The Assembly is also scheduled to vote on the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” which imposes a mandatory 25-year to life prison sentence for aggravated sexual assault against a child under the age of 13 and increases penalties for harboring certain sex offenders, and “Christopher’s Law,” which gives judges the option of ordering juveniles adjudicated delinquent to receive instruction aimed at preventing gang involvement.