N.J. lawmakers move to toughen state’s already strict gun laws

N.J. lawmakers move to toughen state’s already strict gun laws

New Jersey lawmakers on Monday took a step toward further toughening the state’s already strict gun laws. A state Assembly committee approved a package of bills that, among other things, would tighten the state’s gun storage law, ban future sales of .50 caliber firearms in the state, and require gun dealers in the state to keep logs of ammunition sales and make them available to law enforcement. The bills passed along party lines as those who support them praised them as commonsense measures while critics called them another infringement on Second Amendment rights. The measures would: ( A5030 ) Require people who buy guns in New jersey to renew their purchaser ID card every four years and show proof of taking a course on safe handling and storage of firearms. Currently, purchaser ID cards are valid indefinitely. It would also require people who inherit guns to get a purchaser ID card. ( A1280 ) Ban the future sales of .50 caliber guns in the state and require current owners of them to register them and pay a $50 fee. Additionally, if someone who has a .50 caliber firearm they can not be passed down to heirs after they die. It would need to be sold or rendered inoperable. ( A6218 ) Amend the state’s public nuisance laws to prohibit the gun industry from endangering the safety or health of the public through its sale, manufacturing, importing, or marketing of guns. Officials say 80% of guns used in crimes in […]

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