Gun Control Bills Await Christie’s Action

TRENTON – Fifteen gun control bills are sitting on Gov. Chris Christie’s desk, with gun control advocates lobbying him to sign them into law and opponents trying to convince him to veto them.

The governor has vetoed one, which would have prevented the state pension fund from investing in companies that manufacture or sell assault rifles for civilian use.

The bills awaiting action are:

  • S2723: Encodes firearms purchase permits on driver’s license or photo ID card; creates a system of instant background checks, requires gun buyers to demonstrate they have completed a safety training course and increases penalties for allowing minors to have access to guns
  • A3687: Disqualifies person named on federal Terrorist Watchlist from obtaining firearms identification card or permit to purchase handgun.
  • A3717: Requires submission of certain mental health records to National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
  • A3796: Provides 180-day window for persons to dispose of certain unlawfully possessed firearms.
  • A3797: Requires collection and reporting of certain firearms information to interjurisdictional database; requires information relating to crime of firearms trafficking be included in annual Uniform Crime Report.
  • A3583: Establishes School Security Task Force
  • A3788: Codifies regulation exempting firearms records from State’s open public records law.
  • A3659: Bans civilian ownership of weapons of 50 caliber or greater.
  • S1279: Upgrades penalty for unlawfully transferring a firearm to an underage person; permits transfer for instruction and training.
  • S2430: Declares violence a public health crisis. and establishes “Study Commission on Violence.”
  • S2468: Authorizes impoundment of motor vehicles if driver unlawfully has a gun
  • S2715: Requires the state Department of Education to prepare and distribute informational pamphlets on how parents can limit a child’s exposure to media violence.
  • S2719: Enhances penalties for gun trafficking firearms offenses ; designated as Anti-Gun Trafficking Act of 2013.
  • S2720: Clarifies that information concerning the total number of firearms purchaser identification cards and permits to purchase a handgun issued in a municipality are public records.
  • S2804: Upgrades certain unlawful possession of firearms to first degree crime; revises certain penalties under the “Graves Act.”

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