This week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed 10 gun control bills for his state. They include bans on purchases by those who are on the federal terrorist watch list, requiring the state to submit data from those who should be barred from owning guns to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and adding harsher penalties for illegal gun trafficking offenses. There’s also five other bills awaiting his approval.
These are the bills currently signed by Gov. Christie:
A3687: Bans those on the federal terrorist watch list from buying guns
A3717: Requires state to submit data on those who should be barred from owning guns to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System
A3796: Gives those who possess illegal guns 180 days to dispose of them
A3788: Turns state regulation that firearms owner info is not public information into a state law
S2430: Declares violence a public health crisis and establishes “Study Commission on Violence”
S2468: Allows impounding motor vehicles if driver unlawfully has a gun
S2719: Enhances penalties for gun trafficking firearms offenses
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: Makes unlawful possession of firearms a first-degree crime; increases mandatory minimum sentences under the “Graves Act”
S1279: Upgrades penalty for unlawfully transferring a firearm to an underage person; permits transfer for instruction and training
These 5 Bills that passed both houses and await his approval:
S2723: Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s bill on gun permits that would encode firearm purchase permits on a driver’s license or a photo ID card, create a system for instant background checks, require gun buyers to show they completed a safety training course and stiffen penalties for letting guns slip into the hands of minors. Four bills passed by the Assembly (A3510, A1683, A3645 and A3748) have been incorporated into this bill
A3797: Requires New Jersey enforcement agencies to report information on lost, stolen and discarded guns to federal databases
A3583/1613: Establishes a school security task force
S2715: Requires Department of Education to prepare and distribute pamphlets on how parents can limit a child’s exposure to media violence
A3659: Bans the .50-caliber rifle — the most powerful weapon available to civilians
More on the list of gun New Jersey gun legislation can be seen here.
Christie had this to say after signing these bills into law.
“These common-sense measures will both strengthen New Jersey’s already tough gun laws and upgrade penalties for those who commit gun crimes and violate gun trafficking laws”.
Of course, this development drew the attention of both pro gun activist and gun control activist.
“There are still three major anti-gun bills on Governor Christie’s desk, and we are watching,” said Sam Cohen, executive vice president of Pro Gun New Hampshire, who have already threatened to organize voters against him should he run for president in 2016 if he goes after gun owners in New Jersey.
Gun control advocates felt it was a move in the right direction, but more can be done.
“Seeing these bills signed into law is a victory for New Jersey’s communities,” said Louis Greenwald, majority leader of the state assembly. “Yet they do not go far enough in doing all we can to prevent gun-related tragedies from afflicting our families.”
More on this at Huffington Post.